In the spirit of the holiday season, one Ontario restaurant is giving back to their community in a big way.
Queen's Cafe in Guelph is offering free Christmas Day dinners to the first 250 people that show up at their restaurant.
Anyone who needs a meal is encouraged to show up between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.
As long as they are part of the first 250 people, they will be given one, no questions asked.
Free Christmas dinners
“Our hope is that this can become our tradition. We did one last year, we’re doing one this year, and hopefully next year it will continue,” owners Ron Hill and Tammy Hsieh told Guelph Today.
Hill and Hsieh explained to Narcity that the purpose behind the program was to help people in, "including [those] with financial difficulties and or marginalized groups in the Guelph community."*
The cafe has been hit hard over the course of the pandemic but has adopted a take-out model for its daily loyal customers.
“The community has been so kind to us. Everybody has been really, really supportive. We have a lot of loyal customers and we just want to do something nice and give back," Hsieh told Narcity.
Now, they are giving back to that same community in the form of free meals.
A portion of the meals have already been reserved for the Salvation Army, amongst other local community groups.
If you weren't able to have a Christmas dinner this year, this could be a viable option.
*This article has been updated.