Christian established chain restaurant Chick-fil-A took what Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew literally when they offered several stranded motorists food, drinks, and shelter during a rare winter storm in the deep south.
Hundreds of drivers spent the night stranded along ice-covered highways following a rare winter storm this week, but in Birmingham, Alabama an even rarer occurrence took place when Chick-fil-A restaurant employees and the restaurant owner, Mark Meadows generously provided free food and shelter for those abandoned on the roads.
Once the snow started sticking, Meadows closed the restaurant and sent his staff home. However, just a few hours later, many of them returned because they were unable to get to their homes due to the weather conditions.
The manager of the restaurant, Audrey Pitt, told Fox News that some of the drivers had been stuck in their cars for almost seven hours without any food or water. This prompted the staff of the Chick-fil-A to help out.
"We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to - as long as we had food to give out," Pitt said.
The staffers braved the storm as they offered hot chicken breast sandwiches and refused to take a single penny for the food.
"For the frozen drivers, it was manna from heaven," Fox News reported.
"They were very excited and extremely thankful," Pitt said. "People were thankful to get something to put in their stomachs."
Chick-fil-A owner Meadows even helped a driver maneuver along the icy road by pushing a car up an incline.
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Lauren Dango was one of the stranded motorists. She has known Meadows for years and she was astonished when she saw him walking from car to car with Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
Dango was so touched by Meadows' kindness, she sent a letter to Chick-fil-A's corporate headquarters that said, "Kudos to Mark Meadows for not only preaching the 'second mile' concept, but actually living by it."
Chick-fil-A was founded by a Christian family and run their business on biblical values. What happened in Birmingham is an example of those biblical values in action. Chick-fil-A's kindness did not stop there.
"We opened up our dining room to anyone who wanted to sleep on a bench or a booth," Pitt told Fox News explaining that the next morning, the staff members continued their generosity and fired up their ovens and began preparing chicken biscuits keeping the Chick-fil-A's cash register closed.
Pitt said being able to serve in that capacity was more rewarding to her. "It's a blessing to us to be able to help people," she said. "It really is."
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35