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Muslim-owned restaurant to serve homeless, elderly for free this Christmas: ‘No one eats alone’

Shoppers browse the shops on Regent Street under the Christmas lights in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A Muslim-owned restaurant in London is opening its doors to the homeless and the elderly this Christmas to serve them a meal free of charge.

Shish, a Turkish restaurant, posted a picture of a flyer advertising a meal for those in need during the holiday on its social media pages.

“No one eats alone on a Christmas Day!” the note read. “We are here to sit with you.”

The post quickly gained international attention.

Those who visit Shish on Christmas will be served a three-course meal including soup, casseroles and rice pudding for desert.

Irfan Can Genc, one of Shish’s managers, told the Associated Press that the restaurant’s staff was inspired to do something to help those in need when they discovered that a nearby elderly resident would be alone on Christmas Day.

Genc said the staff was moved to help the lonely woman “because in the culture we come from, we really love to help people no matter what race or religion they are.”

Genc told CNN that the restaurant’s effort to help those in need is "not about religion, language or culture, it's about community."

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