Tatiana Osorio, of Orlando, squeezes an American-flagged themed stress ball while giving blood at the OneBlood blood center near the mass shooting at a nightclub Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Osorio lost three friends in the shooting. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Chick-fil-A Stores Deliver Food, Drinks Free of Charge to Those Donating Blood in Orlando

I want to begin this piece by offering condolences and prayers to those affected by the tragic Orlando, FL terrorist attack that befell the Pulse nightclub. Let us hope the victims and their families find comfort during this grave time.

This was a blatant attack on Americans–on all freedom-loving people–in the name of radical Islam. The perpetrator pledged his loyalty to ISIS right before he committed this heinous, unspeakable act. 49 people died during Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida. 53 people and counting were injured.

So how have people responded? The majority of Americans–regardless of their views, backgrounds, and religions–have offered moral support to those who died at the gay night club . Others have unsurprisingly rushed to push disarmament in wake of this terrorist attack–a push that should be wholly condemned. Many have responded with kindness. Hundreds of people have lined up to donate blood. Others have privately donated to groups or efforts supporting victims and their families. It’s nice to see an overwhelmingly amount of Americans put aside differences to help and support fellow Americans.

Chick-fil-A should especially be commended for something unthinkable they did.  Fox 5 Atlanta said several local Orlando-area Chick-fil-A stores opened their doors on Sunday to serve those waiting to donate blood to the terror attack victims. They issued their signature “hate”chicken sandwiches and drinks free of charge. (Such a nice gesture!) Below are two Facebook posts from local Chick-fil-A’s who participated in the generous acts:

 

Here’s more about the gesture:

In a shocking move, the Orlando location at University and Rouse Road quietly fired up its grills on Sunday. The chain is notorious for not being open, ever, on a Sunday. Employees cooked up hundreds of their famous chicken sandwiches. They brewed dozens of gallons of sweet tea.

Then, instead of making a single dime, and without pomp and circumstance they crated the product of their labor to the One Blood donation center. The food and drinks were handed out, free of charge, to all the people who had lined up to donate blood.

So far, the only mentions of the incident have been from individuals on Facebook. They have posted photos thanking the restaurant for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

But, wait, those people were waiting to give blood to victims that were mostly gay people. Doesn’t Chick Fil A hate gays? That’s what we keep being told.

Turns out, that while the founders definitely don’t approve of that choice of lifestyle, they believe in compassion. Who knew? A bunch of people claiming to be Christians care about others even when they don’t agree with them. This group took time out of their schedules to volunteer to help those who were also trying to do their part.

To those of you surprised by this act of kindness, don’t be. Chick-fil-A is a generous, moral, and truly compassionate company–a company grounded in principles. They welcome and even hire patrons of all backgrounds, demographics, ages, or lifestyles. They never turn away customers, even if they disagree with their lifestyles.

Imagine that–a conservative company showing compassion and kindness to those in need, let alone those who may differ from them!? Charitable, selfless acts are the American way.

With respect to the victims of the Orlando terror attack, you’ll find that many in conservative and Second Amendment circles wishing someone like us–someone who possesses a concealed handgun permit (CHP)–would have been there to protect those who were defenseless. It doesn’t matter their political beliefs or if they identify as LGBT. No American should be defenseless. Even if our political opponents choose not to reciprocate the kindness, we want to take the moral high road–like Chick-fil-A has.

Bravo, Chick-fil-A. Thank you for exuding kindness.

 

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Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman is a media strategist based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. She has written for The Resurgent since March 2016 and serves as their D.C. Correspondent.

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