For Teanne Harris, who’d spent months planning her fun and festive October 31st wedding, Halloween was meant to be the happiest day of her life. But not long before the planned nuptials, the groom got cold feet and backed out.

Harris, of course, was devastated. But after finding out that she wouldn’t be able to get a refund on any of her deposits for the big day, she and her mother decided to make the best of a bad situation—and donate the entire reception to a senior citizens’ center across the street from the catering hall in Des Plaines, Ill., where it was meant to be held.

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