Chick-Fil-A owner gave man in need a free meal -- and gloves

Chick-Fil-A Owner Helps Man In Need
Chick-Fil-A Owner Helps Man In Need

A fast food owner went above and beyond for a man in need.

Last Wednesday, a cash-strapped man entered a Birmingham, Alabama Chick-Fil-A and approached owner-operator Mark Meadows. He asked if Meadows would be willing to let him work for food, but instead the owner offered him a free meal -- and he didn't stop there.

"I said, 'You need to take the gloves, I can get some more,'" Meadows told WBRC. "I had some sitting right here, gave him my gloves, then went and got him something to eat and then that was pretty much it."

However, that wasn't it. Another customer, Andrea Stoker, posted a photo of the interaction on her facebook page, and it went viral. In one week's time, the post has nearly 80,000 likes.

Andrea posted:

I'm a Chick-fil-A fan and have been for years. I trust the food for my son and support companies that are founded on Christian beliefs.

What I saw today just confirms why this chain is so successful -- God blesses His people.

My son and I were at the location on Highway 280 in Birmingham, AL when a man came in to escape the 35 degree temps and strong winds with all of his earthly possessions strapped to his back.

Most businesses would force him out, but I watched as the manager walked up to him and asked if he could do anything for him. Before the man could even answer, the manager asked if he had a pair of gloves and walked to the table at which he'd been sitting and picked up his own. As he handed the man his gloves, he asked another employee to get him something to eat.

It was wonderful to see your employees being the hands and feet of Jesus, and that my son was able to witness it all. Thank you for putting your money where your mouth is.

Edit: I just learned this man is the owner and that makes it even better IMO.
- with Katelyn Meadows and Mark Meadows.

"I just did the right thing," he told "I'm simply awe struck about all this attention."

While Meadow's kind actions are endearing, they're not surprising. Random acts of kindness turn out to be his thing.

Last January, Meadows handed out hundreds of sandwiches to drivers who were stranded on an interstate during a snowstorm.

He told reporters, "We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to as long as we had food to give out."

And yes, he gave them away at no charge.

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