“…We should be focusing on the ‘goodness’ in one-another, instead of ‘seeking out’ the negative…”

Image result for caricature of man giving another a helping handTwo years ago Chick-fil-A made national headlines when company president Dan Cathy spoke out in support of some controversial issue; which was followed by massive protests against the restaurant chain.  Several mayors spoke out saying they would not allow any more Chick-fil-A’s to be built in their cities.

They tried boycotting the Christian owned company, but that backfired. Instead, Chick-fil-A had a world-record day with many locations selling out of food to the hundreds of thousands of supporters.  The only news the mainstream media has reported concerning Chick-fil-A has only been the negative; ignoring the many positive attributes of Chick-fil-A, and other companies like them.

Then, when the ice storm hit the south…what happened? The mainstream media showed footage of miles of cars stranded on the frozen interstates. Several national news broadcasts reported about school kids trapped on busses for almost 24 hours because of all of the ice and parents going frantic wondering where their kids were.

In all of the icy gloom and doom, there was no news about the heroic and generous actions of a Chick-fil-A along Highway 280 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mark Meadows, owner of the Chick-fil-A closed early the day of the storm and sent all of his employee’s home.  However, the employees, and Meadows, soon discovered that they were not going to be able to get home with all of the stranded motorists stuck on the roads. Some of the cars near the restaurant had been stranded for up to 7 hours.

Meadows and associates fired up the kitchen and began preparing chicken sandwiches as fast as they could. They prepared several hundred sandwiches and then Meadows and his staff headed out and began distributing the hot meals to the stranded motorists on both sides of Highway 280.

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 that “the company is based on taking care of people and loving people before they worried about money or profit. We were just trying to follow the model that we’ve all worked under for so long and the model that we’ve 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. Then they kept the restaurant open overnight so that stranded motorists could have a warm place to be; some motorists sleeping in booths or on the benches. Then, in the morning, they again fired up the kitchen and prepared free chicken biscuits for their overnight guests.  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, which says: “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 both generous and heroic as they braved the frigid temperatures to hand out hundreds of hot meals to complete strangers. None of this was reported by the mainstream media.   Their liberal bias and intolerance would has no room to report on a Christian company doing something so positive for so many. We need to support all Christian companies that are trying to spread the Good News of the Gospel through their daily work ethics. 

This sort of action should indicate that there is “still room” for Good Business and Good People to come-together” in a “spirit of love and mutual respect.”   All of US should be focusing on the “goodness” in one-another, instead of “seeking out” the negative. 


Author: This article originated by: Fox News columnist Todd Starnes, January 29, 2014
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/chickfilablizzard.asp#2YpKr7h3u6EyfmQe.99

Content edited and adapted by: cjlb.

Photo Credit: istockphoto.com

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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