It’s been a rough couple of months. In New York City alone, hate crimes have shot up by 115 percent since Election Day. Luckily, one Muslim-owned restaurant in London is proving that there’s still hope for the survival of the human race, opening its doors to homeless and elderly people who might not have a place to go for Christmas this year.
Earlier this week, photos of Shish Restaurant in the southeast London suburb of Sidcup began circulating online. A piece of paper stuck to the Turkish eatery’s door promised a free three-course meal for those in need on December 25. “No one eats alone!” the sign promised.
A touching gesture that transcends differences of faith and religion, Shish’s Christmas meal will feature a starter course of soup and cacik (a white yogurt dip similar to Greek Tzatziki), an entree consisting of either chicken or vegetarian casserole, and a dessert of rice pudding.
As BuzzFeed notes, a post featuring a photo of the flyer has been retweeted more than 12,000 times, and in the days since the offer went viral people have been taking to social media to express how touched they are by the restaurant’s actions.
“We’re just helping people,” Hasan Masud, an employee at Shish, told BuzzFeed News, adding that it was equally important to reach out to the elderly. “Lots of people stay home alone for Christmas… They don’t need to. They can come here and have some fun.”