Mississippi Town Hit by Katrina Gives to Hurricane Sandy Victims in Northeast
Giving can be prompted by many things, but often it grows out of empathy. At the D'Iberville, MS, Chick-fil-A, it grew from the all-too-familiar images of storm damage and knowing the struggles it takes to recover.
That's why the team in D'Iberville gave 10 percent of all sales from 5 to 8 p.m. on a night in late January to The Salvation Army, to help with recovery from Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. The small Mississippi community minutes from the bay was hard hit more than seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina slammed through the area.
"If you lived here, you couldn't help but have been affected by Katrina," says Mary Helen Oliver, the restaurant's marketing director. "For me, it was a really personal thing. I had six feet of water in my home."
She had to leave with her children, then 14 months, and five and six years old. She and her husband spent 10 months apart. But the shining light during that time was the help she received from a group of faith-based volunteers who traveled 17 times from Albany, N.Y., to help her family rebuild their home.
This was just one way to honor that gift, and she hopes it will grow into more. The D'Iberville restaurant, which is just three years old and was not around during Katrina, also has a connection.
"There was only one person working [during the fundraiser] that didn't have a story to tell," Mary says, also praising the help of 10 members of the D'Iberville High School Key Club who lent a hand that night. "It did become personal. The team at the restaurant was excited to help."
A Charitable Chick-fil-A
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