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Restaurant owner makes generous offer to anyone 'home alone' this Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving for the past 10 years, George Dimopoulos has done something amazing.

It's not that he shuts down his Northville, Michigan restaurant, called George's Senate Coney Island. It's that he opens it up even more than usual.

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If you are homeless or even just alone for Thanksgiving (or Easter!), you can get a free meal at George's.

"I'm a very good cook," he told TODAY.com. "I cook a lot of good food, and I give a lot of food to people. I don't tell people that I do this; I do this because I believe in God and believe that there are people who need a little help."

At least one customer thought it was an amazing idea and posted a picture to Imgur of a sign Dimopoulos hung in his window. Like the owner and the offer itself, it is modest and inspirational.

And the gesture comes from a very personal place: The Greek-born Michigan immigrant who came to the country when he was 23 was once homeless in Athens when he was 12 and relied on strangers to help him find ways to eat.

He now serves around 75 to 100 people each holiday, and donates food elsewhere as well.

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"I see people coming into the restaurant, and I say, 'Are you by yourself?' and they say, 'I am, I'm alone,'" he says. "They need a little attention and help. That's what I believe. I don't care how much it costs. I make good money, so I can help those people."

Talk about paying it forward! And diners are certainly in for a treat, according to this video:

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