The tragic shooting that took 50 lives early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida was followed not by vengeful hatred, but rather by the whole community coming together. Some chose to raise money for victims' funeral services, while others stood in line for hours in the hot sun to donate blood for those still fighting for their lives in the hospital.
Although it's against their policy to be open on Sundays, at least two Orlando-area Chick-Fil-A restaurants fired up their kitchens and brought food and sweet tea to serve those waiting in line to donate blood.
Chick-Fil-A of University and Rouse Road commented on Facebook:
"Our restaurant, along with a couple of others in the area, simply responded just like numerous other Orlando businesses and residents have done -- we came together as a community to lift those in need."
While Chick-Fil-A Lee Vista stated:
"A few members of our awesome team decided to go into work on a Sunday and make some food for people waiting in line to donate blood. We love our city and love the people in our community."
Volunteerism is part of the corporate identity of the restaurant, which frequently helps feed disaster victims and first responders.
From the Chick-Fil-A website:
"We serve our communities through volunteerism and giving. We also make a commitment to take care of the people who take care of our communities. For example, by giving sandwiches to first responders in times of crisis, we honor the commitment they make to serve all of us. And our philanthropic giving reinforces that commitment to service by helping children and families in need. This is what makes us who we are."