When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, soon-to-be-married Dayna Skolkin and Josh Tillis had to postpone their Houston wedding. They also had to cancel a celebratory welcome dinner for friends and family — a gourmet three-course meal. Rather than dwell on unfortunate circumstances, Skolkin and Tillis decided to help prepare their wedding food for hundreds of Hurricane Harvey victims.
The location of the would-be dinner was Aishnel House, a non-profit organization that provides housing and meals to patients of Texas Medical Center. Yahoo reports that the charity is close to Skolkin’s heart, because her late mother, Holly Harwood Skolkin, who died of breast cancer, helped found it.
So when the couple heard that the charity was using their dinner food to help feed those displaced by the hurricane, they immediately volunteered to help.
“My fiancé and I went over there and helped to make the meals,” Skolkin told Inside Edition. “Everyone in Houston right now is doing everything we can to try to help. Once we were able to get out there and do something for the community, it felt really amazing.”
Yahoo reports that the meals included breaded chicken, mashed potatoes, fresh rolls, and vegetables. It was delivered to hotels, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and various other places across the city.
“We were very fortunate to fare so lucky in the storm, but so many others weren’t. It was the obvious decision that we needed to get our and help,” Skolkin added. “It was therapeutic for us to get out of our own personal feelings of sadness to do something productive for the community.”
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