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Chick-fil-A performs works of necessity for stranded travelers

by Mickey McLean
Posted 12/18/17, 02:10 pm

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A answered the call from the city’s mayor and came to the rescue Sunday night to help feed thousands of stranded travelers at powerless Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “The mayor called about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement. “We immediately mobilized staff and team members who live and work near the airport, and they are making sandwiches and delivering them to the EOC (emergency operations center).” The Christian-owned fast-food chain headed up by CEO Dan Cathy is known for observing the Sabbath by closing its restaurants on Sunday, but it also recognizes that sometimes it is called to perform “works of necessity and mercy” on the Lord’s Day. “We have provided 2,000 meals so far,” Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted late Sunday night after the lights came back on. “Special thank you to Dan Cathy and @ChickfilA for their support.”

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Mickey McLean

Mickey is WORLD’s executive editor for audience engagement. He previously was the executive editor for WORLD Digital. Mickey resides in Greensboro, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @MickeyMcLean.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 12/18/2017 03:49 pm

    Thanks to Chik-Fil-A for doing the right thing!  It would be interesting (to me at least) to know if any of the hungry stranded travelers said, “NO WAY. Take your stinkin’ intolerant sammich and shove it!”  

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Tue, 12/19/2017 06:53 am

    Great comment.  Probably there were some who turned down the help.  Perhaps even some who where rude about it.  All should remember Chik-fil-A does not perform wedding ceremonies and will serve chicken to anyone who comes into their store.  Not only that but because of the strong Christian influence all those people will be treated with more courtesy than I have witnessed in any other business.  People do themselves a disservice when they attack the attitude (belief) that makes the world a liveable place.

    PS  Enjoy your comments.   

  • BS
    Posted: Mon, 12/18/2017 08:56 pm

    Another reason to LOVE and support this wonderful Christian organization.  While they will not open on Sundays for profit, they were more than willing to put their crews to work to help in an emergency.  THAT is ministry!  ❤️

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Tue, 12/19/2017 06:39 am

    I don't usually endorse or promote businesses but really now Chick-fil-a in Joplin Missouri is beyond belief.  At noon every day (except Sunday) they run about 4 drive-thru lines and handle an amazing volume of traffic in a friendly efficient manner.  I have never seen anything like it.  Their Christian attitude is easily transferred to their business model.  Food is good. Service is friendly (not just stiffly polite) something you rarely get these days. I understand they can pull helpful friendly kids from a nearby Christian college to staff the store.  Be hard to do what they do in many geographical (demographic) areas.