What started as a charitable “public service announcement” to the community, has become a message seen around the world. On Tuesday, Bada Bing! Pizzeria shared a sign on their shop's door via Facebook. Like many businesses, the Ohio pizzeria wanted to let customers know that they would be closed for Thanksgiving.
“However, we will be having dinner here around 2 pm with our family, employees, and friends,” the sign read. “If you are hungry or don’t have any money, please come in. We will welcome you and make sure you get plenty to eat.”
This simple message of kindness did not go unnoticed. In a little more than 24 hours, the post had been shared more than 5,000 times.
“This was by no means intentional to go viral,” owner Jason Hague told ABC News. “It’s a little overwhelming for a small town pizza shop.”
Hague said that the business has traditionally partnered with local organizations to give back to the community. This year, Hague planned to host Thanksgiving at the restaurant for his family and a few employees who didn’t have any place to go. However, he wanted the community to feel welcome as well.
“Thanksgiving is one of those days that you don’t want to turn anyone away,” he said.
Since the post has gone viral, the plans have gone “from a small family thing to something bigger.” The pizzeria has received messages from as far away as the United Kingdom and Australia from people wanting to help out. The family bought 100 more servings of Thanksgiving fare—they’re unsure if it will be enough.
“The game plan is not turn anyone down,” Hague told ABC News. In the event they run out of food, Hague said they always have a backup: pizza.