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Richmond restaurant opens Christmas Day to serve free dinner to the homeless

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-25 18:33:56-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A South Richmond restaurant opened its doors to dozens of people without homes or families for a free Christmas dinner. From 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Maldini's Ristorante, on Forest Hill Avenue, fed about 80 people.

Maldinis Homeless

The generosity of the restaurant's owner compelled one formerly homeless man to volunteer his time to serve others.

Wilson Clemons said he showed up at the restaurant to help after he saw an advertisement for the homeless meal.

"There's not too many people out there like this anymore. For the man to open up his whole restaurant, to take his Christmas Day and to bring his family to the restaurant is just unbelievable," Clemons said. "With people like this in Richmond, Richmond can come a long way."

Maldini's Ristorante Christmas dinner menu included favorites like chicken and pasta.