It’s not unusual to see cars with Florida license plates in every corner of the country. The Sunshine State’s mostly sunny disposition makes it a popular place for people to escape from northern winters.
This causes many people to swap in their home-state license plates for what can sometimes be a more cost-effective Florida one. So when they return home for the summer or old times’ sake, streets everywhere can be speckled with seemingly out-of-place Florida residents.
The situation has been especially true lately, due to the fact that many Floridians decided to evacuate their homes to avoid damage from Hurricane Irma.
It can be heartbreaking to see how extensively Irma has displaced families. So, when one mom noticed a car from Florida in front of her in line at Chick-fil-A, she decided to do something that people normally don’t think to do.
Tara Parker Routzong is a young mother from Troy, Alabama.
She and her school-aged son, Landon, decided to treat themselves to some Chick-fil-A. They were stopped at the drive-thru when the little boy noticed something interesting about the customer in front of them.
Tara shared what happened next on Facebook’s Love What Matters page:
Went to Chick Fil A for lunch today because yum. Landon saw the car in front of us was from Florida (we have been talking about Irma today) and he declared we were paying for their meal and I agreed.
But how do you pay for the car in front of you?? You run toward their window with a debit card in hand and scare the mess out of them lol. The man has left his home in Miami and was passing through to go stay with family in Birmingham.
I told him we hoped he returned to his house untouched and that we’d keep him in our thoughts. Landon and I both had tears in our eyes from how appreciative he was. I often feel like I’m failing because I can’t do it all, all the time and then things like this happen and remind me that I don’t have to. My most important job is going just fine.
According to Bloomberg, the damage Irma inflicted on Miami-Dade County, where the Chick-fil-A customer was from, was fortunately much less severe than anticipated.
Still, the situation is dire, and the many residents who evacuated were right to err on the side of caution and go elsewhere.
While many Floridians decided to stay home and wait out the hurricane, millions of them alternately took to the skies and roads to stay in safer areas.
During the height of the storm, and probably for sometime afterward, Florida plates will be showing up all over America, as Floridians pick up the pieces and, in some cases, temporarily relocate.
Tara and her son’s small act of kindness went a long way — and just goes to show how people can come together in the face of disaster.
Even if free chicken can’t help all of the victims, at least it helped to brighten one man’s day.
Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, has cleared in most parts of the state, giving hope for a speedy recovery in Florida.
If you’re looking to help the victims of the recent hurricanes, consider donating to the Red Cross, or take a look at these eight ways you can lend a hand.
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