A Muslim-owned restaurant is getting into the holiday spirit by promising that “no one eats alone on Christmas Day.”
The Shish Restaurant, located in Bexley, London, is offering a free three-course meal for any homeless and elderly patrons on December 25th. Specializing in Turkish cuisine, the restaurant’s complimentary meal includes soup and salad, a choice of three different main courses, and rice pudding for dessert.
“No one eats alone on Christmas Day! We are here to sit with you,” reads a sign posted on the establishment’s front door.
The restaurant also took to Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about their special Christmas meal. It wasn’t long before people around the world started responding to the social media posts, clearly touched by the restaurant’s kind gesture.
— Dave Letorey (@dletorey) December 4, 2016
@shishsidcup A beautiful and selfless gesture. Respecting another's faith and offering nourishment, company and a helping hand ????رحمت ہو تم پ
— Raia (@moraven12) December 6, 2016
“Excellent stuff. Whatever the reasoning behind this, any breaking down of barriers between cultures and beliefs, no matter how small, is to be congratulated and publicized,” wrote one commenter on Facebook.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart — thank you for showing that we all can give with gratitude for the ability to offer to those in need,” wrote another.
The since-viral charity campaign has even inspired a few people to ask if there’s anything they can do to help those in need during the holidays.
@shishsidcup Guys, if you need a volunteer for the day and help in any way let me know as I'll drive down to help you…
— Nav Hir (@Navstar1865) December 6, 2016
@shishsidcup how can we make a small donation to assist you with your selfless Christmas Dinner?
— Local Agenda (@GeoffsAgenda) December 6, 2016
Clearly the owners of this restaurant know the true meaning of Christmas.