Chick-fil-A stores giv­ing back to Hearne fam­ily

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL -

Own­ers of two restau­rants in the area came to­gether last week to give back to the fam­ily of a lo­cal hero who died de­fend­ing her community in past weeks.

The Chick-fil-A in Rock­mart and the Chick- fil- A Dwarf House in Rome teamed last week on Wed­nes­day night to give back to the fam­ily of Polk County Po­lice De­tec­tive Kris­ten Hearne, rais­ing more than $1,500 for the trust fund be­ing es­tab­lished for Isaac Hearne.

Rock­mart restau­rant owner Zach Thomas said that he wanted to do some­thing to show his sup­port for the Hearne fam­ily, and be­ing able to con­trib­ute to funds be­ing de­vel­oped to sup- port Hearne’s son Isaac.

“Our prayers are with the fam­ily and this is just one way to have a vis­i­ble im­pact and pro­vide the community with a way to help as well,” he said. “We here at Chick- fil- A are also of­fer­ing the community an op­por­tu­nity to come and give. That is just as im­por­tant to us as well.”

Af­ter dis­cus­sions, he got Rome fran­chise owner Greg Ma­jor to team up for the ben­e­fit.

On Wed­nes­day last week from 4 to 8 p.m., the two stores set aside a por­tion of their sales to donate to the Hearne fam­ily.

Thomas said that both restau­rants will be do­nat­ing their por­tions of this evening’s sales di­rectly to the trust fund be­ing es­tab­lished for Hearne’s son Isaac.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult what to do and how to help, but we just felt like given the sit­u­a­tion and with a child that’s been left be­hind by his mother, we felt like we could help more long term to help with the trust fund, and know that it is go­ing to be taken care of in the fu­ture,” Thomas said.

The grand to­tal of the con­tri­bu­tions was $1,560, Thomas re­ported.

The out­pour­ing of community sup­port con­tin­ues for Hearne and her fam­ily con­tin­ues, and those in­ter­ested in shar­ing their ef­forts can con­tact the Stan­dard Jour­nal at 770-748-1520.

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