With the tragedies that have befallen Houston, a number of individuals and organizations have come forward to provide their support.
One company that may surprise many of its haters was Chick-fil-A, according to Breitbart. The spouse of a local restaurant manager rescued an elderly couple from the flooding using a jet ski as part of an odd food order delivery.
The elderly couple, Karen and J.C. Spencer, said they had managed to get through the weekend of Hurricane Harvey relatively fine and didn’t believe they’d need to evacuate. Come Monday, however, their house became the victim of the horrendous flooding that swept through Houston.
At a loss as to who to turn to, Mr. Spencer said he turned to an unlikely source–Chick-fil-A. “We had to get out of there so I called Chick-fil-A, now that sounds kind of funny. I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg and a boat,” Spencer said.
To his astonishment, the manager of the local restaurant sent her husband on a jet ski to help the couple escape the flood waters. “And can you believe that one of the managers of Chick-fil-A, she sent her husband to pick us up and we are so grateful,” Spencer proclaimed.
During their escape, the couple was forced to leave many of their possessions behind, including a wedding ring. Fortunately, they were able to come back to the house and pick it up, according to Mr. Spencer who then added, “I couldn’t save my house, but I have to save my marriage.”
This isn’t the first time Chick-fil-A has extended efforts to help those in need. In 2016, Chick-fil-A quietly donated free food and drinks to a blood donation center in the wake of the Orlando club shooting.
Local radio show host Keven Hayslett said the company wasn’t seeking donations or publicity as they assisted the blood donation efforts. “So far, the only mentions of the incident have been from individuals on Facebook,” Hayslett reported. “They have posted photos thanking the restaurant for their thoughtfulness and generosity.”
Hayslett wrote on Facebook about the stunning show of support to the victims of the shooting despite the company’s very public anti-LGBT stance. “Turns out, that while the founders definitely don’t approve of that choice of lifestyle, they believe in compassion. Who knew?” asked Hayslett. “A bunch of people claiming to be Christians care about others even when they don’t agree with them. This group took time out of their schedules to volunteer to help those who were also trying to do their part.”
In another instance, in 2015, a number of restaurants in northeast Texas made an exception to open on Sunday in order to prepare and provide food for victims and emergency responders affected by a rash of tornadoes.
A Chick-fil-A spokeswoman told a reporter from CNBC that, “The locations were not open to the public, but team members from various restaurants in the area did volunteer to prepare and distribute free food to responders and others affected by the tornadoes, serving those in need during this tragic event.”
It’s heartwarming to know that in times of crisis, companies like Chick-fil-A–on both a company-wide scale and their franchise outlets–can be relied upon to render assistance to those in need.
Their effort to save the Spencers also shows how far Chick-fil-A is willing to go in order to provide quality customer service, even when the customer requests a “boat” on the side.