Gracie McNulty, age 10, makes father’s mission to feed the homeless come true after his death
A ten-year-old girl fulfilled her father’s wishes by keeping his Yorkshire cafe open on Christmas to feed the homeless.
Craig McNulty died in August after a fall and his daughter, Gracie, age 10, has picked abandoned traditional family festivities to make her father’s wishes come true.
With the help of her mother and three siblings, Gracie served turkey with all the trimmings to 50 homeless people beginning on Christmas Eve.
Her father, only 38 at his death, was a regular charity volunteer who had served breakfast to the homeless on Boxing Day in the past, and he had promised to open the family’s cafe on Christmas Day this year.
Gracie’s mother Sharon McNulty who now runs the Grilled and Filtered cafe in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, spoke about her daughter’s new passion.
“After he died Gracie said to me ‘I don’t want to have Christmas at home this year, I want to do what daddy wanted and open the cafe on Christmas Day. It wouldn’t feel right to celebrate so we’re serving Christmas dinner to people who don’t have a home to go to.’ So…We’re all thinking of Craig. It’s all in his honor and he would be so happy with what we are doing.”
The family gave tickets for the Christmas dinner to local charities who help the homeless, and their community donated money to fund the event.
Gracie was joined by her mother and three siblings – Kirstie, 19, Thomas, 21, and James, 26 – to serve up turkey dinners for three hours at lunchtime.
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