Chick-Fil-A of Hagerstown Prepares for Large Disaster Relief Fundraiser


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Several community members have been keeping Clear Spring residents in their thoughts.

Many of the flood victims are gradually recovering from the disaster, and the Chick-Fil-A in Hagerstown is stepping in to lend a hand.

"I think it's crazy. I don't think anybody has seen anything like this in Clear Spring in awhile," said Gerad Haupt, director of Sales of Chick-Fil-A.

Buckets of water rushed through the small town last Thursday, leaving residents with no homes and desperate for help.

"It was just devastating. You can see pictures. You can see it on the TV but until you see it in person, it doesn't hit you," said Nancy Baker, who helped the flood victims.

Chick-Fil-A in Hagerstown is preparing for a large disaster relief fundraiser that will be held next Monday night.

"They may be eating out a lot right now. It may not be on their budget because they don't have a home to eat at so if we can provide a free meal for them to come, and a night out for their family, hopefully to take away that daily stress to what they're dealing with. We want to be a part of that," said Randy Scott, owner operator.

As for Haupt, he said the news cameras a shock to him. "For me, I was a 2002 graduate of Clear Spring so to go on that night to see a lot of my frirends and friends of theirs that were affected by this, it hit home for me."

Chick-Fil-A will donate 20 percent of all sales from anyone entering the restaurant. A representative from the Disaster Relief Center will be there to accept donations like food, money or clothing.

News has been traveling fast; several nearby community members are anxious to help already.

Baker added, "It's a very close community anyway but you could see there were just tons of people there, just helping out, some not even from the Clear Spring area."

"Oh my heart really goes out to them. I mean, we never know when something like that could happen to us," says Sheila Jones, Hagerstown resident.

The more people that show up, the more Chick-Fil-A said can contribute during this tough time.

The fundraiser will take place next Monday; June 23, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m. Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Clear Spring is also accepting donations anytime as well.

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