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An Indiana woman canceled her $30K wedding and hosted a dinner party for the homeless

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When an Indiana woman and her fiance called off their wedding a week ago, they were left with a nonrefundable contract for the Ritz Charles in Carmel, which is a suburb north of Indianapolis.

But Sarah Cummins decided to bring joy to others, despite couple's pain, by inviting the homeless to enjoy the wedding reception she and her ex-fiance had planned.

"For me, it was an opportunity to let these people know they deserved to be at a place like this just as much as everyone else does," Cummins said.

So, Cummins contacted a few area homeless shelters and several local business donated dress clothes for the guests to wear.

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Canceled $30K wedding becomes dinner for Indiana homeless
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Katelin Decraene, center, gives Trishell Crawford and her daughter Jacqueline Crawford, from Dayspring, salads at a reception at the Ritz Charles, Saturday, July 15, 2017. Sarah Cummins called off her wedding which was supposed to be this day. Cummins decided to bring purpose to the couple's pain by inviting area homeless to enjoy the reception. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
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Sarah Cummins talks with men from Wheeler Mission, at the Ritz Charles, Saturday, July 15, 2017. Cummins called off her wedding which was supposed to be this day. She decided to bring purpose to her pain by inviting area homeless to enjoy the reception. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
People from several homeless shelters in Indianapolis arrive at the Ritz Charles to enjoy a reception, Saturday, July 15, 2017. Sarah Cummins called off her wedding which was supposed to be this day. Cummins decided to bring purpose to the couple's pain by inviting area homeless to enjoy the reception. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
People from several homeless shelters in Indianapolis arrive at the Ritz Charles to enjoy a reception, Saturday, July 15, 2017. Sarah Cummins called off her wedding which was supposed to be this day. Cummins decided to bring purpose to the couple's pain by inviting area homeless to enjoy the reception. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
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Janice Williamson-Cox, from Dayspring, left, hugs Sarah Cummins as she and others arrive at the Ritz Charles to enjoy a reception, Saturday, July 15, 2017. Cummins called off her wedding which was supposed to be this day. She decided to bring purpose to the couple's pain by inviting area homeless to enjoy the reception. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Several of Cummins' bridesmaids and a few members of her family came to support her at the event. Cummins said her ex-fiance, Logan Araujo, had paid for most of the wedding contract at the venue, along with her parents and several of his family friends who paid for the rest. She added that Araujo had agreed that this was the best way to handle the situation.

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As for the wedding dress, Cummins said she isn't quite sure what she will do with it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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