When the ice storm recently hit the south, miles of cars sat stranded on the frozen interstates. School kids trapped on buses for almost 24 hour provided a dose of angst for their parents.
In all of the icy gloom and doom, Mark Meadows, owner of the Chick-fil-A, along Highway 280, Birmingham, Alabama closed early and sent all of his employees home. However, they soon discovered that they were not going to be able to get home themselves.
Meadows and his employees fired up the kitchen and began preparing several hundred sandwiches as fast as they could and headed out to distributed the hot meals.
Some of the drivers tried to pay them for the sandwiches, but Meadows and his employees refused to take a single penny. Audrey Pitt, manager of the Chick-fil-A, explained why:
This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you are worried about money or profit. We were just trying to follow the model that we have all worked under for so long and the model that we have come to love. There was really nothing else we could have done but try to help people any way we could.
However, Meadows and Pitt were not through with their Good Samaritan efforts. They helped push cars off the roads, up inclines and whatever else they could do to help. Then they kept the restaurant open overnight so stranded motorists could have a warm place….some slept in booths or on the benches.
Then in the morning, they again fired up the kitchen and prepared chicken biscuits for their overnight guests and once again they refused to accept any payment.
During that 24 hour period, this Chick-fil-A restaurant opened their kitchen, their doors and their hearts to hundreds of stranded motorists and they did so refusing to accept any payment. As one source put it, Meadows and his staff lived up to the words Jesus spoke in Matthew 25:35:
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.”
Their actions were truly generous and heroic.….as a Christian company doing something so positive for so many.******