As the news continues to emerge about the brutal radical Islamist terror attack responsible for slaying 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, Chick-fil-A–a company often maligned by the LGBT community–has made a selfless gesture to comfort supporters of the victims of the terrorist act without seeking any publicity for it.
Without seeking the limelight, the fast food giant responded by bringing a large amount of free food and drinks to the local blood donation center that was taking blood donations for the dozens who were seriously injured in the attack.
The news of the fast food outlet’s actions were reported on Facebook by Tampa, Florida, attorney and radio show host Kevin Hayslett.
Hayslett took to his own Facebook page to note that the Chick-fil-A in Orlando opened on Sunday, prepared its inventory of food, and trucked it down to the One Blood donation center, where workers handed out the delectables to everyone who was donating blood to aid the victims.
The restaurant even handed out coupons for free items that could be redeemed later.
Hayslett also noted that the restaurant is not seeking publicity for its donations.
“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,” Hayslett wrote in his post.
Hayslett also said that this action proves those who blindly hate Chick-fil-A are clearly in the wrong.
“But, wait,” he wrote, “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 [of Chick-Fil-A] 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.
This is far from the only time a local Chick-fil-A has gone above and beyond without seeking any publicity for its efforts.
Last year, for instance, several outlets made news, one for helping motorists stranded by a winter storm and another, for lending a hand to victims of a Texas tornado. Many other such stories on the part of Chick-fil-A exist.
In the end, Chick-fil-A believes in helping fellow community members in a time of need, but not for profit and not for a cheap advertising gimmick.
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