My heart is moved every time I read about people coming together as one. It amazes me to see us help each other and not think twice about what one must do, but simply act on the need at hand. It reminds me about important qualities like bravery, chivalry, kindness, and compassion. Prejudices can be put aside to help our fellow man in need.
So when I read this Fox News report my heart was moved. Some of the drivers on the road in Birmingham, Alabama had been stuck in their cars for nearly seven hours without any food or water. So the staff of the Chick-fil-A decided to lend a helping hand.
“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,” said manager Audrey Pitt.
The staffers braved the falling snow and ice, slipping and sliding, as they offered hot juicy chicken breasts tucked between two buttered buns. And Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches.
This could have been a great way to gain an extra buck and still be called “good samaritans.” They were braving the snow and they could’ve been selling Chic-fil-A sandwiches to stranded motorists and giving some away to those who didn’t have money. In my opinion, I would have still given them a high five, but instead they went the extra mile and gave the sandwiches away, refusing to take money for them.
The ripple effect of acts of kindness continues to sweep the South, for example, over in Georgia there is a Facebook group called SnowedOutAtlanta which was started by a kind and concerned citizen, Michelle Sollicito. I got goosebumps reading some of the acts of selflessness on there #SnowedOutAtlanta. It’s a breath of fresh air to read news about our fellow citizens fighting against the tendency towards selfishness; instead of the crime, hatred, chaos that we are usually bombarded with on the daily news. In this instance, the worst brought out the best in people.
Beautiful! It definitely warms my soul on this cold morning! By the way, that couple pictured above was found.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama
Photo Credit: Margarita Martin