Sometimes, making a difference can be shockingly simple. A man living in the city of Hail, Saudi Arabia, came up with a brilliant idea to feed needy people in his neighborhood while sparing them the “shame” of begging,according to Gulf News.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, installed a refrigerator on the street in front of his house and invited neighbors to donate their extra food, so that hungry people could come and eat.
The idea gained international attention after religious scholar Shaikh Mohammad Al Araifi praised the act of charity on his Twitter account with a picture of the fridge. “I’ve always said the people of Hail are generous. A man puts a fridge outside his house for leftover food; an indirect act of charity for the needy,” he said, in a translation provided by the BBC. “Oh how I love you, Hail!”
إن أهل #حائل كرماء
رجل وضع أمام بيته ثلاجةً لفائض الطعام
صدقة غير مباشرة للمحتاج
يا بعد حيي يا حائل pic.twitter.com/fMYpLU4T2R
— د. محمد العريفي (@MohamadAlarefe) May 1, 2014
Twitter applauded the simple gesture. “That is exactly what we needed: A simple, but bright idea that goes a long way in helping people,” posted user Sniper,according to Gulf News. “The idea should now be adopted and all large mosques in the country should place fridges to take and distribute food.”
The Muslim holy month of fasting, Ramadan, will begin at the end of June. Bahraini national Salah told Gulf News that the charity fridge concept should be adopted in Bahrain during Ramadan. “It is a great act of charity that can make many people happy and satisfied,” he said. “There is the food factor, but there is also the spiritual dimension, especially during the sacred month when people engage deeply in acts of charity.”