Meeting With Truett Cathy
When I was in high school a friend and I wanted to attend an educational program in Washington, DC called Close Up. Both our dads worked for Delta Air Lines, so we could fly there free. We needed $250 to pay for the program, which was a lot of money to ask our parents for in 1974! We made an appointment with Truett Cathy at Chick-fil-A and asked if the company would sponsor us to go. Close-Up was a non-profit, so they encouraged students to seek corporate sponsors to attend. Mr. Cathy listened to us attentively, and I'm sure we didn't do that great of a sales job, but we left his office in a very short time with checks in our hands to pay for the program and little stuffed chickens named Doodles that they had at the time. We were both SO excited and couldn't believe he was so kind and generous to us. We drove straight to the stand alone Chick-fil-A in East Point and bought Chick-fil-A's to eat, and we took our stuffed chickens to Close Up with us! About 30 years later my parents joined the church where the Cathys are members, and I loved watching the children follow him around church to get coupons. After my father died Mr. Cathy sent my mother oranges every Christmas, as I believe he sent all the widows in the church because the Bible says to care for widows and orphans, as he so wonderfully does! When the first Chick-fil-A opened at Greenbriar Mall it was the biggest treat ever to get a sandwich and iced tea there. I still love Chick-fil-A food. It is the only "fast food" I ever eat.