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Chick-fil-A stands with Orlando by offering free food, beverages on Sunday

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Several Orlando Chick-fil-A restaurants opened on Sunday to provide food to victims and first responders of the Orlando deadly shooting. Source: Chick-fil-A via Facebook Several Orlando Chick-fil-A restaurants opened on Sunday to provide food to victims and first responders of the Orlando deadly shooting. Source: Chick-fil-A via Facebook
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Chick-fil-A is known for not opening its doors on Sundays due to its religious stance, but the company deferred from that policy June 12 after a shooter killed 49 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

The restaurant on University and Rouse Streets opened its doors and cooked several hundred of its famous chicken sandwiches and made gallons of sweet tea. All the food was donated to the One Blood Donation Center.

Our restaurant, along with a couple of others in the area, simply responded just like numerous other Orlando businesses and residents have done -- we came together as a community to lift those in need.

Another Chick-fil-A on Orange Avenue stated it would donate chicken biscuits and orange juice to first-responders that have been helping with the Orlando shooting.

The restaurant chain on Wells Road in Orange Park is even offering coupons for a free frosted lemonade to anyone who donates blood when the One Blood mobile unit is at their store on June 14.

The idea of the company opening its doors to help those affected by the shooting comes as a surprise to many because of the sexual orientation of the victims. The Atlanta based organization has been criticized for its religious views on marriage being a union between a man and a woman.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio recently called for a boycott of the popular fast food restaurant, stating "Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT. This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love."

Many supporters of the chain took to social media to commend the company for putting their beliefs aside by showing compassion to those affected by the deadly Orlando shooting.

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