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A Muslim owned Turkish restaurant in south east London is offering a three course meal to homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day so that "no one eats alone". While a sign advertising the effort hangs on Shish's front door, it really began to gain traction once it made an appearance on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Irfan Can Genc, co-manager, said the idea came to him and his colleague after an elderly neighbour told them she would be alone at Christmas.

They're even urging all to share this so that no one spends Christmas alone.

. We are here to sit with you.

People on social media, moved by the kind and generous gesture, have been giving the restaurant a lot of praise.

The restaurant is expecting between 40 and 50 volunteers on Christmas Day to help transport guests, cook and clean after the offer went viral.

"It's not about religion, language or culture".

Another Facebook user, Daniel Guichard, wrote: "Saw the posters of free xmas meal for the homeless and elderly at xmas just [want to] say massive respect to you guys".

The signs placed in the window of Shish Restaurant. The owner tells BuzzFeed News they're "just helping people".

The meal will include a starter of soup and Cacik (a cucumber and yoghurt dip), a main course of chicken or vegetarian casserole or chicken shish, and a rice pudding dessert.

Genc said he hopes other restaurants and people in the community will be inspired to "look after each other".


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