Jacksonville Community Pulls Together for Sandy Hook
The aftermath of the school shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn., with all its suffering and loss, is unimaginable. Still, hundreds of miles south, another community wants to ease the pain in one small way, with the help of books.
The Chick-fil-A on Wells Road in Jacksonville, Fla., partnered with the Jacksonville Suns baseball team, Just Kids Learning Center and Books-a-Million to raise money to buy books on loss and grief to help with healing.
"Everyone had an excellent experience that night," says Shawna Cuthbert, restaurant marketing director. The baseball team brought out its mascot "Southpaw," and Shawna says, the store had its Cow, of course.
The spirit night fundraiser donated 15 percent of the proceeds for the evening. The Learning Center, which sent staff to the restaurant to help keep the dining room tidy during the spirit night, is buying therapeutic books for the Sandy Hook Elementary library and families of the victims.
The fundraiser is one of several at the Wells Road restaurant, says owner/Operator Craig Phillips, which grows as an organic response from the needs in the community and beyond. "It's the servant mentality," he says. "It's just what we do. We preach the serve model."
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