The snowstorm that hit the South recently has left countless people stranded. No one was ready for any snow accumulation this year, so motorists were helpless as it really started to come down. Icy roads were clogged with cars and trucks. Thousands of people were stuck, not sure where to go. Many were stuck on Highway 280.
Chick-fil-A restaurant owner Mark Meadows decided to help in the only way he knew how.
When it began snowing, he closed his restaurant and sent staff home. However, a few hours later, many of them returned. They were unable to make it home.
“Our store is about a mile and a half from the interstate and it took me two hours to get there,” manager Audrey Pitt said. “It was a parking lot as far as I could see.”
These drivers that were stuck on the interstate for HOURS were without food or water. So, the staff of the Chick-fil-A decided to lend a helping hand.
“We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to – as long as we had food to give out.”
The meal was a gift to the motorists, who were overflowing with thanks. Many people were surprised that the sandwiches were free. After all, there wasn’t any other food in sight.
“This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you’re worried about money or profit,” Audrey said. “We were just trying to follow the model that we’ve all worked under for so long and the model that we’ve come to love. There was really nothing else we could have done but try to help people any way we could.”
Not only did Chick-fil-A give out free food, but then they also opened up their doors to anyone who needed shelter for the night.
“We opened up our dining room to anyone who wanted to sleep on a bench or a booth,” Audrey explained.
And this morning, the weary staff members fired up their ovens and began preparing chicken biscuits. The only thing that is closed – is Chick-fil-A’s cash register.
“We’re not open for business,” she said. ‘We’re just feeding people who are hungry.”
God bless the kind-hearted people at Chick-fil-A. They are a wonderful example of how companies should act in this day and age. Amazing.