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Slice of holiday cheer: Little Falls pizza shop serving up free pies

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A Little Falls pizza shop is making sure everyone has a place to be this Christmas.

For the fourth year, Charlie Peterka of Charlie's Pizza is serving up free slices, soup and desserts to anyone who comes to his restaurant, the St. Cloud Times reports.

"It's (for) anybody that's lonely, happy, sad at Christmas," Peterka told KARE 11 last year. "Anybody that's breathing can come."

He does this to honor his daughter, who died seven years ago during the holiday season.

Peterka expects to serve up to 500 people this year. In the last three years, he estimates he has fed about 1,200 people at the free event, the St. Cloud Times notes.

"It's a warm feeling — I'm not trying to sound melodramatic, but it really encapsulates what the Christmas season is supposed to be about: Taking care of others," Stephen Jones, Little Falls school district superintendent, told the St. Cloud Times. He volunteers at the annual event with his family.

Peterka has also been collecting hundreds of toys, The Associated Press notes, which Santa Claus will pass out.

Charlie's Pizza will be serving up free pies from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

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