Social media has been rallying in support of a Muslim-owned restaurant in southeast London after they shared a poster in the window offering free meals to the homeless and elderly on Christmas Day.
Shish Restaurant in Sidcup posted signs explaining that any homeless and elderly people are welcome to join them on Christmas day for a 3-course dinner, completely free of charge.
“No one eats alone on Christmas Day. We are here to sit with you,” says the leaflet posted in the restaurant’s window.
Facebook user Sally Cudmore shared a photo of the posters in the window on November 25, and it has received over 6.5k likes, 13k shares, and over 600 comments. A similar post on Twitter by @JamillaTweets was liked over 17k times, and retweeted over 12k times in just two days.
Hasan Masud, who works at the restaurant, spoke to BuzzFeed News, telling them, “We’re just helping people.” He went on to say that the restaurant wants to open their doors to the elderly because “lots of people stay home alone for Christmas. … They don’t need to. They can come here and have some fun.”
The positive comments have been pouring in from all over the world on Facebook and Twitter in support of the kind gesture.
“Fantastic if there were more people like this the world would be a better place well done hope it goes well,” wrote Alan Ratcliffe.
“You have restored my faith in humanity,” Elaine Bensted commented.
“Wow that really is what Christmas should be about … Sharing and caring with people who have had a hard time. Well done guys xxx,” wrote Leah O’Neill.
And as for the menu for this amazing Christmas dinner? The poster reads:
Starter: Soup and Cacik
Main: Chicken or Vegetarian Casserole, or Chicken Shish
Dessert: Rice Pudding
We are seriously impressed by the generosity of this restaurant. It looks like the Christmas spirit of charity and kindness is already in full swing.
h/t: The INDEPENDENT