Anonymous Saudi man installs charity ‘street fridge’


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A man wishing to remain anonymous, who lives in Hail, in north-western Saudi Arabia, has come up with a wonderful way to get rid of leftover food instead of just throwing it away: he has placed a refrigerator outside his home.

ANONYMOUS: A man who does not wish to be named installed the refrigerator in front of his house so that people could donate food to the needy

ANONYMOUS: A man who does not wish to be named installed the refrigerator in front of his house so that people could donate food to the needy

The unkown character, installed a refrigerator on the street in front of his house and invited neighbours to donate their extra food, so that hungry people would be spared the "shame" of begging and could come and eat.

The fridge is similar to those found in shops, lit up and with glass sliding doors, but protected from the elements in its own little house, complete with tiled roof.

The fridge gained international attention when renowned religious scholar Sheikh Dr Mohammad Al-Arefe posted about it to his 8.7 million followers on Twitter, who then retweeted it more than 5,000 times.

“I have always said the people of Hail are generous,” wrote the Sheikh along with posting a picture of the refrigerator.

“A man puts a fridge outside his house for leftover food; an indirect act of charity for the needy. Oh, how I love you, Hail!”

PRAISED: Sheikh Dr Mohammad Al-Arefe brought the street fridge to the attention of his 8.7million Twitter followers

PRAISED: Sheikh Dr Mohammad Al-Arefe brought the street fridge to the attention of his 8.7million Twitter followers

Now a ripple effect has come over Twitter, with calls for more people to put fridges in front of their homes, and for mosques to do the same, especially with the fasting of Ramadan due to begin on June 28th.

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