Chick-fil-A, known for being closed on Sundays, opened some of its Orlando-area restaurants this past Sunday to serve food to those providing assistance following the early morning massacre at the Pulse nightclub.
The Atlanta-based chain didn’t say how many of its restaurants opened that day but did confirm several employees were out serving, an Orlando Fox affiliate reported.
They passed out iced tea and sandwiches to those waiting in line to donate blood, as well as to law enforcement officials who responded to the scene, Fox said.
“We are appalled by the senseless crime that was committed this weekend, but we are part of a community that stands strong and stands together,” one local Chick-fil-A wrote on its Facebook page Monday, adding that it was donating chicken biscuits and orange juice that morning to police, first responders and firefighters.
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The chain did not mention the LGBT community in its social media remarks. In the past, LGBT rights advocates have criticized Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy because of his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Forty-nine people died Sunday in the shooting at Pulse, an Orlando gay bar. It was the worst mass shooting in American history.