Chick-fil-A Opened Sunday To Hand Out Food For Those Providing Assistance In Pulse Club Shooting
By Space Coast Daily // June 15, 2016
Usually closed on Sunday
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The popular restaurant Chick-fil-A, known for being closed on Sundays and at odds with the LGBT community back in 2012, opened some of its Orlando-area restaurants this past Sunday to serve food to those providing assistance after the largest mass shootings on American soil occurred at the Pulse nightclub.
The Atlanta-based chain did not confirm the number of employees or restaurants that opened that day but did confirm that they were serving those providing assistance, Fox 5 in Atlanta reported.
The employees on hand passed out iced tea and sandwiches to those waiting in line to donate blood, as well as to law enforcement officials who responded to the scene, Fox said.
“We are appalled by the senseless crime that was committed this weekend, but we are part of a community that stands strong and stands together,” one local Chick-fil-A wrote on its Facebook page Monday.
In June of 2012 the LGBT rights advocates criticized Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy because of his opposition to same-sex marriage. LGBT activists called for protests and boycotts of the chain, while counter-protestors rallied in support by eating at the restaurants.
Forty-nine people died early Sunday in the shooting at Pulse and 23 more remain hospitalized.
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