The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday that A Chick-fil-A in Gwinnett County was hosting a BOGO (buy one, get one free) event. Customers must have purchased from the restaurant at Pike Street (680 Duluth Hwy NW) in Lawrenceville, GA yesterday (DEC 30). Customers who saved their receipts from Wednesday’s purchases, could participate in the promotion.
To participate, customers should bring their Dec. 30th receipt back to the Pike Street restaurant between January 1st and January 16th. Customers presenting a valid receipt can redeem up to $30 worth of free Chick-fil-A products. Free items will be equal to what the customer purchased on the eligible date only, not to exceed the $30 limit. This promotion excited patrons of the Pike Street location; but this is not the only Chick-fil-A giving away free food.
CNBC reports that Chick-fil-A restaurants served first responders, disaster victims, and volunteers on Sunday (27th). In light of recent deadly tornadoes and flooding, restaurant management agreed to allow volunteers to cook and provide food for emergency responders, volunteers, and those in need. Workers from several locations showed up to help cook and provide service.
The disaster serving locations were not open to the public on Sunday. The restaurant chain has been closed on Sundays since it first opened its doors in 1946. In 2014, Chick-fil-A grossed five billion dollars and overtook Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) as the single highest-selling fast food chicken chain in America. You might have seen their popular campaign billboards and commercials featuring cows urging you to, “Eat more Chick-in.”
S. Truett Cathy is the founder of Chick-fil-A. He grew up in poverty, though with an entrepreneurial spirit. When he and his brother later became restauranteurs, Chic-fil-A was eventually developed. It now has over 1,800 locations in forty states across the U.S. and counting.
S. Truett Cathy attributed his success to his Christian values. In an archived interview for Iowa Public Radio, Cathy’s voice is heard saying, “It has proven to my interest financially as well as convenience of permitting our people to have Sunday off where they can forget the business and other interests – devote it to the family as well as to worship if they so choose.”
A Chick-fil-A restaurant in San Antomio Texas bears a sign quoting S. Truett Cathy that reads, “Food Is Essential to Life; Therefore, Make It Good.” Sadly, Cathy passed away in 2014 (93). His widow, Jeannette Cathy passed earlier this year at the age of 92. The current administration led by Cathy’s son, is committed to honoring the founder’s commitment to Christian values.
Chick-fil-A employees have a reputation for good service; and there was no discounting the heroism of two employees who recently rescued an elderly man from flood waters (video). His car had been swept away and was filling with water. He said, “I had water up to here [gesturing to his neck]. I didn’t know how I was going to get out. They came to the rescue. God bless them.”
The recent Texas disaster has already claimed eleven lives, demolished many homes and other buildings, and left thousands without power. Breitbart Texas reported that most of the buildings that had be been completely leveled, were single-family homes. Men, women, and children are displaced across the affected counties.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for affected Texas counties, including those hit by severe winds, storms, and tornadoes in the northern part of the state.