Cafe serves Christ­mas com­pas­sion

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Rail­way Ter­race cafe owner Ali Bale is do­ing Christ­mas dif­fer­ently this year to help the com­mu­nity’s less for­tu­nate and teach her own chil­dren a les­son in giv­ing.

Ms Bale is throw­ing open the doors of Jaf­fe­lato on Christ­mas morn­ing to host a pay-what-you can share-and-care from 10am-3pm, of­fer­ing those who can’t af­ford a meal or who have no one to spend the day with the chance to grab a toasted sand­wich in com­pany.

The idea is an ex­ten­sion of the cafe’s ex­ist­ing pay-it-for­ward sys­tem, where reg­u­lars pay in ad­vance for lo­cal home­less peo­ple’s meals or cof­fee.

“We thought it’d be a nice way of giv­ing back at Christ­mas and thank­ing ev­ery­one for their sup­port this year,” Ms Bale said.

Ms Bale said there will be no pres­sure for peo­ple to pay and she wants peo­ple to just en­joy the day and the at­mos­phere.

“Any­one can come in and we’ve asked peo­ple if they’ve got some free time to come down and spend some time and have a chat, play a game, stuff like that,” she said.

“We’ll hope­fully be get­ting peo­ple out of the house who are sit­ting there all day on their own, say­ing wel­come and spend some time with some­one and don’t be alone.

“It’s not just about food it’s also about a fam­ily feel.”

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