“Is there a case in which the excess money should be returned to the donors?” asked Mr. Goodman.
“When the money was not needed at all,” replied Rabbi Dayan, “such as money collected for a wedding that was cancelled. Ideally, the money should be returned to the donors; if difficult to do, it should be used for a similar purpose of hachnassas kallah.” (See Y.D. 253:7; Tzedakah Umishpat 9:4-6)
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