The Christian fast food company Chick-fil-A broke one of its internal rules yesterday, engaging in charity work to serve those stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

After a fire-induced power outage, travelers at the airport went without power for over 11 hours, many stranded with no idea what was happening. Thousands of flights were canceled, and most cell phones wouldn’t work due to a lack of charging stations.

While they’re traditionally closed on Sunday, Chick-fil-A stores in the area quickly mobilized to volunteer their time to those stranded, providing free meals. According to Business Insider,

As day turned to night, the city of Atlanta turned to Chick-fil-A to help craft a solution.

Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, called the fast-food chain at about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance, a company spokeswoman, Amanda Hannah, told Business Insider in an email.

Chick-fil-A is not open on Sunday because of the founder’s religious beliefs. But on this Sunday, Chick-fil-A employees “immediately mobilized,” Hannah said, making sandwiches and delivering them to an emergency operations center to be distributed to stranded passengers.

Chik-fil-A’s spokesperson continued, saying: “It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers. And while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need.”

She went on: “We do not make a profit but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship.”

And lastly:

What a heartwarming story amidst a tragic event. The people stranded at the Atlanta airport were effectively abandoned for over 11 hours. Every news report described the situation as chaotic, where authorities struggled to get the airport back into functioning order.

Thankfully, Chick-fil-A was on hand to do God’s work, and deliver nourishment to the needy and desperate. I’m sure those delicious sandwiches brought a smile to many dour faces.

Share this inspiring story with others if you love Chick-fil-A!

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