Georgia Chick-fil-A Throws Birthday Party for Tornado Victim
When Operator Doug Barnett of Chick-fil-A at Fayetteville Towne Center and Starr's Mill heard about the tornado that hit Bendview Road in Griffin, Ga., he immediately jumped in his car and headed to the disaster site. The Operator donated thousands of sandwiches and held a special party for a five-year-old girl whose home was destroyed.
The National Weather Service said the tornado that hit Griffin on April 28, 2011 covered about 20 miles with a path about half-a-mile wide. It was this tornado that demolished Krista Holbrook's home – just nine days before her fifth birthday.
"We donated over 2,200 Sandwiches and were working with the Salvation Army and Disaster Response team for The North Georgia Conference, finding temporary housing for people and helping with the cleanup," Doug says. "And when we heard that a little girl's birthday was a few days away, we said, 'Hey, why don't we bring the Cows and have a Chick-fil-A party for her?'"
On Friday, May 7, Krista and her mother, Amanda Porter, were greeted on Bendview Road by friends, family and disaster relief volunteers. Krista ate up the attention, proudly wearing her Chick-fil-A birthday T-shirt, smiling for photos and jumping excitedly with her friends on the inflatable bouncy-gym.
"It's just amazing," Amanda says. "I mean, I was trying to think what we could do to get her mind off everything. And wow, then this. All I can say is, 'Wow.'"
A Charitable Chick-fil-A
For the past 2 years, I have volunteered to work for a charity, called "Share Our Strength". It's a read more...