A U.S. flag flies outside a Chick-fil-A Inc. restaurant in Bowling Green, Kentucky in Mach 2014.
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By Katie Reilly
June 14, 2016

Chick-fil-A employees near Orlando, Fla., went to work on Sunday after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in the city, breaking a longstanding restaurant policy of remaining closed on Sundays.

Employees provided food to people who were donating blood and to law enforcement officers who were part of the response effort, AL.com reported.

Chick-fil-A has faced criticism and boycotts from the LGBT community in the past because of comments by the company’s CEO opposing same-sex marriage. The chain has been closed on Sundays since 1946 to allow restaurant employees a day of rest and worship.

“We love our city and love the people in our community. ‪#‎prayfororlando‬ ” the restaurant said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

A few members of our awesome team decided to go into work on a Sunday and make some food for people waiting in line to donate blood. We love our city and love the people in our community. #prayfororlando

Posted by Chick-fil-A Lee Vista on Sunday, June 12, 2016

Write to Katie Reilly at Katie.Reilly@time.com.


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