“If you can’t afford Christmas dinner or just don’t want to be alone, come have dinner with us on us,” wrote Yellowknife’s Twin Pine Diner on Facebook a few days ago.
Then, the post inviting the community to come for food from 2-5pm on Christmas Day blew up.
More than 600 ‘likes’ later, chef and owner Robin Wasicuna says the diner’s staff are thrilled and overwhelmed by the response.
“I’ve spent quite a few miserable Christmases alone when I was younger,” Wasicuna told Cabin Radio, explaining his motivation to ensure no-one is hungry or lonely on the holiday.
“Everybody deserves a good meal at Christmastime … To us, this is just something we feel we should be doing for our community.
“We have the opportunity to do something and the ability to do something,” continued the chef, who has owned the restaurant for four years.
This is the first time the restaurant has opened its doors and offered a free meal on Christmas, so Wasicuna isn’t sure how many people will come.
“I hope that a lot of people show up. I hope that it’s busy. I hope we don’t run out of food,” he said.
“We may run out of turkey dinners but I’ll have hamburgers,” he laughed, adding a couple of people and businesses have already approached him offering donations, like pecan pies, for the dinner.
Wasicuna said if anyone is interested in donating food or money to support the Christmas dinner they can contact him through Facebook.