Chick-fil-A Kept Several Orlando Stores Open to Give Free Food to Blood Donors

June 14, 2016 Updated: June 14, 2016

Fast food chain Chick-fil-A opened several of its locations in Orlando on Sunday (the chain is usually closed Sunday) to feed people who were donating blood for victims of the mass shooting at a nightclub that left 50 people, including the shooter, dead.

On Facebook, the page of Chick-fil-A’s Lee Vista location in Orlando showed several workers feeding people who were assisting on Sunday following the massacre. A number of people on Facebook and Twitter confirmed locations were indeed open.

“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. #‎prayfororlando,” the location wrote.


The Atlanta-based chain didn’t elaborate on how many of its restaurants were open to help.

They passed out iced tea and sandwiches for blood donors and law enforcement officials on the scene.

“We are appalled by the senseless crime that was committed this weekend, but we are part of a community that stands strong and stands together,” Chick-fil-A’s Orange Ave. location wrote on its Facebook page on Monday. “This morning we joined up with other local Chick-fil-A’s to donate Chicken biscuits and Orange juice to the police, first responders, and firemen who have been hard at work. We are proud to be part of a community that is #‎orlandostrong,” the page added.

The news of the fast food chain’s moves were reported on Facebook by Tampa, Florida, radio show host Kevin Hayslett. He said that Chick-fil-A in Orlando prepared its inventory of food and sent it down to the One Blood donation center.

“So far, the only mentions of the incident have been from individuals on Facebook. They have posted photos thanking the restaurant for their thoughtfulness and generosity,” Hayslett wrote on Facebook.