WATSON — The holiday season is often marked by joyous gatherings, abundant food, and thoughtful presents. However, for some, this time of year can serve as a reminder of what they lack.

For Papi’s Fajita Factory, this is the time of year when giving back means more, and it’s a time they believe families shouldn’t go without a hot meal.

If you’ve been to their restaurant along Hwy. 16 in Watson, you’ve likely seen the ‘Wall of Hope.’ The wall is typically filled with what appears to be receipts, but they’re actually meal tickets that have been paid in advance. Anyone who is hungry and doesn’t have the means to pay for a meal can take a ticket from the wall and eat without worrying about how to pay.

“They come into the restaurant … they let us know they’re in need and that they’re hungry,” Javi Ortiz, owner and manager of Papi’s Fajita Factory, said. “They sit down at a table and then they just order food, and the food is already prepaid by these tickets that we have over here on the wall.”

It’s a tradition that Ortiz and his family have done in other restaurants they have owned and brought to Papi’s two years ago.

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