Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain known for its Southern hospitality, is no stranger to helping out when there is need.
The restaurant opened its doors on a Sunday, the one day each week every Chick-fil-A location is closed, in 2016 to hand out free food to thousands of people waiting in line to donate blood after 49 people and dozens others were injured in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub. And when tornadoes ravaged north Texas in 2016, the Christian-owned eatery prepared food on a Sunday to freely deliver to first responders and disaster response teams.
The restaurant stayed true to its Southern roots this week as Hurricane Florence inundated the Carolinas.
What did Chick-fil-A do?
A location in the port-city of Wilmington, North Carolina, which suffered a direct hit, opened on Monday to prepare food for first responders and linemen working around the clock to restore power. The Monkey Junction location was the only location in the city with working utilities.
And while the drive-thru was open to the public, the dining room was reserved for emergency personnel and linemen to take a load off and enjoy a hot — and free — meal, according to WCNC-TV.
The restaurant said it would continue to serve area disaster personnel until it ran out of food and supplies.
Meanwhile, a Chick-fil-A in Raleigh opened on Sunday to thank first responders and linemen. Employees at the Triangle Town Center location volunteered to cook 500 sandwiches and more than 1,000 chicken nuggets, WCNC reported.
Chick-fil-A closes every location on Sundays, a policy the restaurant has maintained since opening its first location in 1946. Founder S. Truett Cathy wanted to give his employees one day of rest each week, a foundational value of his Christian faith. However, Chick-fil-A corporate allows some restaurants to operate on Sundays when a local community is in need.