The holidays are a time that many people spend with family, but some people, unfortunately, don’t have anyone to celebrate the season with. One Muslim-owned Turkish restaurant had the perfect solution for diners who found themselves in this situation: they offered a free “no one eats alone” meal. The restaurant owner, Hasan Masud, posted the sign on the door telling patrons that all were welcome.
Hasan Masud posted a sign that read: “Free of charge – No one eats alone on a Christmas Day! We are here to sit with you! Three-course meal for the homeless from 12 – 6 PM. Any homeless or elderly are welcomed!”
Though Hasan doesn’t celebrate Christmas, he definitely had the spirit of giving and inclusiveness in mind for the those in the community who were in need of a meal and some company.
A photo of the sign quickly went viral and Hasan was praised for his selfless gesture. He told Buzzfeed News that he didn’t understand all of the attention for his act of kindness, noting: “We’re just helping people… lots of people stay home alone for Christmas… They don’t need to. They can come here and have some fun.”
Shish Restaurant management further expanded on this concept, noting on their Facebook page: “We’ve said ‘No one eats alone’ and we are proud of the work that we had done. We are now taking this further and making people not to eat alone everyday. By this way we are going to break any types of barriers that there are between the people in the community, and we are all going to be a big community together. We have launched a new campaign with the same slogan ‘No one eats alone.’ We are inviting the ones that are willing to do something for the community.”
They furhter explained: “A customer will pay for a meal but will not eat it, this will be written down on a card that will be displayed on our shop window. Anyone that is hungry with no money in their pocket will be able to come and pick a card from shop window. They only have to give that card to the waiter/waitress in order to have the meal that shows on the card. By this way they wouldn’t feel bad and they will have a lovely meal, with us being beside them.”
Here’s how it works for anyone interested, they noted: “The notes will be on display everyday between 12:00 am till 21:00 pm. If there are any cards that is left on display as it is not been used, before 12:00 am of the next day the food that is written on the card will be prepared and distributed to either fire brigade stations, ambulance service station or police stations. The cards that have been left from Saturdays will be prepared and distributed to churches on Sunday morning to reach the people that would need it.”
Among those who weighed in on the restaurant’s social media post were those who were impressed by their generosity. One person noted: “This makes me proud and my faith in humanity is restored! You are phenomenal! I think all restaurants should do this. I would happily do this if I owned one! Absolutely incredible!”
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