Considering that Chick-Fil-A does this for religious reasons aligning with Christianity, you would think Easter Sunday would double down and absolutely prevent any sort of service from being carried out. And yet, Chick-Fil-A chose to break this cardinal rule of their own accord, though for a very good reason. This Easter Sunday, a nurse at McLane Children’s Hospital of Temple, Texas convinced the food chain to bend those rules for a special occasion.
Danny Agee is a ten-year old boy that suffered a serious emergency on Easter Sunday, being rushed to the hospital after he became unresponsive and unable to breathe of his own accord. Unfortunately, the reason for this health emergency is a brain tumor that lead to a severe buildup of fluid, presenting many immediate and far-reaching dangers for Danny Agee.
Naturally, the severity of this situation led to immediate surgical action, requiring a drain of the liquid buildup and a plan for emergency neurosurgery the next morning. Needless to say, by the time Danny was able to have his breathing tubes removed, he hadn’t consumed any food or drink for nearly an entire day. Upon being asked what he would like and informed that he could have anything, Danny asked for Chick-Fil-A nuggets. Of course it was Sunday, and under normal circumstances the restaurant wouldn’t deliver, especially with it being Easter besides.
But Danny’s nurse, Jenny Pearce, had a brother-in-law that had previously worked at a Chick-Fil-A nearby. She figured that there was no harm in asking for a favor and a few pulled strings. And while her brother-in-law did manage to come through, it was to a far greater extent than Pearce had expected. While a regular meal would have been more than enough, within a few hours Chick-Fil-A showed up in Danny’s room with not only one of the largest platters of nuggets they could conjure up, but an appropriately themed Easter basket and even the bovine mascot himself.
The following morning, Danny’s brain surgery was a success, and he was able to return home with no trouble. All in all, the entire episode is an amazing example of how much faith you can still put in humanity. It’s so easy to be cynical and desensitized these days, we often forget that people still come through for each other and are willing to give of themselves for a greater good.
Sure, in the end it’s just chicken being delivered on an off day for a restaurant. But it is a solid reminder that good news still happens, and that happy endings are not as rare as most of us feel during the daily grind.