In the spirit of Christmas, a Muslim-owned Turkish restaurant in London, United Kingdom, has taken it upon itself to brighten up the holiday season for as many homeless and the elderly as it can.
Shish Restaurant, based in Sidcup, is offering free three-course meals to those who either can’t afford the food or have no one to enjoy it with, throughout the day on Dec. 25.
“No one eats alone on Christmas Day!” read the poster displayed on the eatery’s window. “We are here to sit with you. Three course meal for the homeless from 12-6 p.m. Any homeless or elderly are welcome.”
The menu includes soup and cacik (Turkish yoghurt) as starter, followed by a main entrée choice of chicken casserole, vegetarian casserole or chicken shish (grilled chicken served on skewers) and a dessert of rice pudding.
A Muslim owned restaurant in London is ensuring 'no 1 eats alone on Christmas day' by offering free meals to homeless people and the elderly pic.twitter.com/M0CrKFnIj9— Jamilla (@JamillaTweets) December 4, 2016
“We’re just helping people,” Hasan Masud, a worker at Shish Restaurant, told BuzzFeed News. “Lots of people stay home alone for Christmas… They don’t need to. They can come here and have some fun.”
The initiative is being widely praised on social media — both for its thoughtfulness and for being a glowing example of interfaith harmony.
“What a lovely gesture, a restaurant that gives something back instead of merely seeing Xmas as a time to cash in. Will definitely visit in the new year if ever in the area,” commented Facebook user Suzannah Harris.
Another user, Vicky Lanfear wrote, “This is the most selfless gesture I have ever seen and they should be recognized as a pillar of the community.”
“What lovely people!! Shish restaurant in Sidcup are opening their doors Christmas Day for the elderly and homeless cooking them a Christmas meal free of charge! Please share as this could help somebody who is alone this Christmas,” posted London-native Sally Cudmore.
Well done Shish Restaurant in London! Share your table - That's what holidays and eids are about! https://t.co/sv0uedC18d— Burcu Borysik (@BurcuBorysik) December 5, 2016
Well done Shish restaurant in Sidcup. Kind hearted people clearly. https://t.co/wb3t6ZJNXF— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) November 29, 2016
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