Yesterday, I posted a thought/challenge regarding “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” where I challenged folks to put their money to the test and give to those in need. Chick-fil-A has reported that they saw a record-breaking sales day for the event. It seems others have the same thoughts about it as I have. Challenged by the same tweet that I had quoted in my post…others have been inspired to seek action with love.
In my Facebook notifications today, I received an invitation to attend “Nationwide Love Your Neighbor Day at Chick-fil-A.” I was curious. The event, which is being organized by Stephanie Stewart, Sally Frederic, Stacey Pillault, Anna Harkins, and Sarah Beth Reddick, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 8th. The description for the event is as follows:
Let’s make this Wednesday, August 8th, “Love Your Neighbor Day at Chick-Fil-A”. We need thousands of people to show up at their Chick-Fil-A and drop off a bag of non-perishable food with a note attached stating “THIS is what love looks like. Please donate this to your local food pantry.” Donate anything you can, even one or two cans from your cabinet if that is all you have. Do not go inside, try to encourage folks to volunteer to pick food up or maintain a presence there during the day. If this can get big enough, food pantry representatives can be on hand to collect the food. Let’s show these people that we LGBT people and allies know what love looks like. Food served without hate.
I will be honest, this is incredible. This is a peaceful demonstration of love that will have a great impact for the greater good. As I read reports of Chick-fil-A’s being vandalized, harassed, and bomb threats, I think this will be a great show of how love can prevail.
I would love to see not only the LGBT community on this, but straight people, red people, yellow people, polka dotted people, ALL PEOPLE get on this. Let’s make a difference…and maybe we can see eye-to-eye on how we care about people. Through a common action, maybe we can learn to celebrate our differences.
I would love to hear some thoughts on this.