Word is spreading on social media that employees of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Orlando broke the chain’s long-standing policy of closing on Sundays in order to assist with the recovery effort following the horrific terrorist massacre at the Pulse nightclub.
Chick Fil A is Orlando fired up its grill on Sunday to feed people in line to give blood for #pulse victims. Compassion. Love.
— V to the A (@VALadyNole) June 13, 2016
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) June 14, 2016
— Joe Giandonato (@joegiandonato) June 14, 2016
Chick Fil A Did WHAT After Gay Club Shooting? Why Isn’t This Viral? – https://t.co/55batxUtn3
— (((matt earnest))) (@mattbearnest) June 13, 2016
Noting that the chain is “notorious for not being open, ever, on the first day of the week,” DC Gazette reports that employees of the Chick-fil-A at University and Rouse Road fired up the kitchen on Sunday and, free of charge, delivered food and drinks to people lined up to donate blood at the One Blood donation center.
This Facebook post sums things up nicely:
Media coverage has been sparse, but can the employees at the very least get a thank you?
@ChickfilA Thank YOU, Chick-fil-A, for helping make the Orlando massacre of gays possible! Keep up the good work! PRAISE JESUS!
— WarHorse573 (@WarHorse573) June 12, 2016
Of course Chick-Fil-A would donate to a blood drive – one that gay men can't contribute to by virtue of the fact that they're gay. #Orlando
— BernadetteGiacomazzo (@berngiacomazzo) June 12, 2016
Nice. What can be expected, though, when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as recently as May said he wouldn’t be patronizing a new Chick-fil-A location and urged New Yorkers to follow his lead. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to discourage a location from opening there, declaring that the restaurant’s values “are not Chicago’s values” (thankfully), and Boston’s late Mayor Thomas Menino had also vowed to keep Chick-fil-A out of his city before backing down.
Whoa @ChickfilA message of hate was so strong in Orlando that they gave out food and tea to the people standing in line to give blood.
— Savory CrapSandviche (@CrapSandviche) June 13, 2016