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Free Xmas Meal for Homeless and Elderly

Christmas can be the most lonely and depressing time of year, that's why I was very impressed to hear that Shish Restaurant is offering free food and company to the elderly and homeless on Christmas Day. Shish Restaurant is a Turkish Restaurant based in Sidcup.


The message in the window of the restaurant reads: "No one eats alone on a Christmas Day! We are here to sit with you." The restaurant is offering a three course meal for the homeless from 12-6pm. "It’s not about religion, language or culture. It’s about community," a manager from the restaurant said. We are all human, and Shish Restaurant sets an example to others about working together as a community.


We live in a world run on narcissism and greed where often people don't want to help others. Is it really  acceptable that we are allowing people to go hungry when we have enough resources to feed everyone? It is a natural instinct to share. I think that when we eat out at places we should all have the option of donating our leftovers to someone in need or even give our leftovers to someone in the street who needs it. There is so much waste in this world. We hear about supermarkets and eateries throwing away perfectly good food, which even staff and customers are not allowed to take. Why not? Maybe it's because there is a belief that if businesses worked liked that nobody would bother buying, and that people would just wait until the food is given away for free. We should have more trust in people and ethics should come first before business.


I would like to see more effort in helping those in need rather than just having bystanders not do a thing. I think we should all be inspired by Shish Restaurant and we should all want to do good in this world. For this world to be a success, we need to cooperate. There's no I in team. 


Elisha Fields 

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