A loving act of generosity showcased by this sweet newlywed couple was caught on camera thanks to their wedding photographer.
Bronia Tindall and Fabrizio Clementi married this past weekend at an Auckland, New Zealand church. After their beautiful nuptials, the couple spotted what appeared to be a homeless man nearby. Instead of pushing him out, they approached him and invited him into the party, offering a slice of wedding cake.
Instead of being hyper-focused on it being their day, they chose to look outside themselves and think of someone else ahead of them – and the pictures are more beautiful and more powerful than any standard wedding photo could ever dream to be.
According to Ms. Tindall, a native of New Zealand, “He was really touched. I think he thought we were going to move him on,” she said to the DailyMail upon giving him some cake. According to the photographer, the gesture caused the man to “sob for a long time” after.
In addition to that sugary sweet treat, he also received cash, coffee and other slices of wedding cake from wedding guests.
Homelessness is on the rise in New Zealand, according to a study released this past spring.
The University of Otago study said 1 in 100 people were homeless in 2013. In year’s past the rate was much lower. In 2006, 1 in 120 and in 2001, 1 in 130.
Results of the study are based on the nation’s Government’s definition of homelessness, which is people living in severely crowded houses, in motels, boarding houses, on the street or in cars, the New Zealand Herald reported.
In the United States, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released devastating statistics.
As of January 2015, there is an estimated 564,708 people that are homeless on a given night of the week across America.
“Of that number, 206,286 were people in families, and 358,422 were individuals. About 15 percent of the homeless population – 83,170 – are considered “chronically homeless” individuals.”