Many Americans complain when they pull up to Chick-fil-A on a Sunday, forgetting that the franchise recognizes the Sabbath. The majority of us are without the chicken-slanging chain for one day a week. For soldiers stationed overseas, though, Chick-fil-A isn't around ever. Period. One member of the National Guard decided that bland chicken and bad sauce was growing tiresome and decided to do something about it.
That Texas soldier received a surprise delivery from Chick-fil-A while in Iraq. The story has us feeling all kinds of happy.
Jessie Guajardo, a first lieutenant of the Texas Army National Guard, recently reached out to Chick-fil-A about their signature sauce. Originally from Flower Mound, Guajardo wrote to his hometown franchise via Facebook message. The San Antonio Express-News got part of the transcript:
"I find myself day dreaming of the luxuries afforded to me stateside and how I take many simple things for granted. For instance, every Sunday is chicken tender night which is one of the highlights of every week," Guajardo wrote.
Ignoring the obvious irony of Chick-fil-A itself being closed Sundays, Guajardo let them know that chicken at the base was bland. Their barbecue sauce wasn't great, either. He even got into logistics. Any bottled sauce would need to be refrigerated after opening due to the Iraqi heat. Individual servings would function much better. And oh, did Chick-fil-A respond.
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Their response came in the form of packages containing nearly 500 individual packets of barbecue sauce. The whole base was tickled by the act, most of them figuring the request would never actually be answered.
Guajardo was able to post about it on Facebook, saying "Everyone was ecstatic to see the appetizing sauces. I can't thank Chick Fil A enough for this seemingly small gesture that single handedly picked up the spirits of so many people."
The best part about it? The packages arrived on a Sunday. That's right, they came on chicken tender night at the base. Jason Driscoll, owner of the Flower Mound Chick-Fil-A, says the timing was a miracle.