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Ayr café to open on Christmas Day to feed homeless

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A family-run café in Ayr will open their doors on Christmas Day to offer free hot meals to the town’s homeless community.Carlinda’s Sandwich Bar, at 96 Main Street, will once again throw open their doors to provide soup, rolls and a warm place for those in need.Carlinda’s owner Kevin Marcellino, who took over from mum Linda Andrews when she retired last year, opened up the café last Christmas and said the experience was “very humbling” and “moving” as he was able to directly help families in need.Kevin, 32, recalled helping a young mum-of-two who had recently moved into a homeless shelter and was desperate to feed her boys.He said: “Here I was opening for a few hours knowing that I was going to be spending the rest of the day in a warm, safe environment with my loved ones, eating and drinking the night away; while many people in my community had nowhere to go, no loved ones and very little food to warm them on Christmas Day.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now.Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android.“I remember a young woman in her mid 20s phoned in the shop asking if we could help.

She said she wasn’t sure if she was eligible as technically she had a roof over her head.“She told me how she and her two infant boys had just moved into a homeless shelter after escaping her abusive relationship.“She came down to the café and we loaded her up with lentil soup and rolls and slice for the boys and herself.“She

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