Hatred and division among the masses in America and the world over wear us down; try as we may to be a positive force for good, the continuing stream of bad news keeps coming, and inevitably, we may believe there’s too much darkness to overcome.
Please join me for a slice of light and truth, as I “catch” true accounts of selflessness, bravery, and kindness in a world gone mad…
Love in the Aftermath of Hate
Just hours after a terrorist killed 49 people and wounded 53 in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, employees from three area Chick-fil-A’s quietly and quickly came together as volunteers to work on their day off, supporting the community that had awakened to shocking and horrific news.
They made and packaged hundreds of sandwiches and drinks, which were passed out to folks standing in long lines during oppressive heat. These volunteers provided a bit of refreshment for those who came in droves to answer the call for blood donations in the wake of carnage in their city. Volunteers helping volunteers. Neighbors supporting neighbors.
There was no charge for the food and drink; it was given with a smile and a “thank you.” This is what Americans do best, they give of their time and effort in whatever capacity they are able, to fortify and care for each other in times of sorrow and pain. They form a beautiful silver-lining to an otherwise dreadful event.
It’s more likely than not that if you heard about these efforts, you were unaware of where they originated. They didn’t do it for attention or acclaim; they just wanted to help. It didn’t matter to them that the group targeted in the attack proscribed to a different kind of lifestyle than their own. It didn’t matter that Chick-fil-A is not open on Sunday. They simply stepped up and figured out a way to aid the effort in their own small way.
This past week we’ve been told repeatedly that Christians are a hateful, bigoted, and culpable troop, an extension of a vicious narrative that’s gained traction among many in the media and on the political left. Chick-fil-A has often been accosted for it’s traditional habits such as closing on Sunday’s, and the audacity of it’s founder in stating publicly his support for traditional marriage. The company has been labeled hateful, divisive, and discriminatory.
Nowhere has that been more evident than last Sunday, as this group cared for their neighbors silently. Rather than trumpet the news of a good deed performed in service to their fellow man, most news outlets simply excised the Chick-fil-A name from reports.
We’d like to thank and pay tribute in our small way, to the three stores and their workers who were caught red-handed doing something good and right.
From the Washington Times:
“This morning we [Orange Avenue Store] joined up with other local Chick-fil-A’s to donate Chicken biscuits and Orange juice to the police, first responders, and firemen who have been hard at work,” the store said in a Facebook post Monday. “We are proud to be part of a community that is #orlandostrong!”
We raise a glass to Orlando’s emergency responders, those who gave blood, and the efforts of these folks who all gave of themselves when need arose. Thank you for your courage and kindness in the face of depravity and hatred. We salute you for being you.
Do you know a person or group who needs to be recognized for their courageous act of kindness? If so message me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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