Chick-fil-A Reminder of What Could Have Been

With us just 24-hours removed from National Chick-fil-A (CFA) day, the water is still warm enough to flush out one final thought. I promise.

Last year, CFA grossed $4.1B in sales.

The major debate? The donation of $2M to certain charities.

While the donations seem to be a staggering number, they actually only represent 0.049% of CFA’s gross annual sales.

For comparison’s sake, the $4.1B in sales can be broken down to assume CFA grosses $13.1M in daily sales.

For all the attention surrounding yesterday, it is safe to assume CFA received a 50% bump in business, meaning CFA did an extra $6.5M in sales.

Converting the $6.5M in additional sales to donation increases to the charities in question raises an increase of $3,200.

So, $6.5M in increased sales equates to $3,200 in additional contributions.


Now let’s play the “What If” game.

What if we used the $6.5M to fight other things, things that will have an actual impact or benefit to people, what would that look like?

  • $6.5M would fund 2,600 adoptions from Foster Care
  • $6.5M would fund 650 domestic adoptions
  • $6.5M would fund 325 international adoptions
  • $6.5M would support 18,000 impoverished children for one year
  • $6.5M would treat 5,900 people with AIDS for one year
  • $6.5M would provide clean water to 325,000 people
  • $6.5M would provide 65,000 Wounded Warrior Project Backpacks
  • $6.5 M would provide 130,000 school supplies and backpacks to school-age children
  • $6.5M would provide 430 specialized wheelchairs to disabled soldiers returning from war
  • $6.5M would provide Christmas presents to 50,000 families

These comparisons could continue to be made for shoes, vaccines, clothing, education, meals, and medical needs.

But what do we care, we just stood up for what we believe in, stuck it to the government, and were able to wash down waffle fries with a sweet tea.

The only thing this $6.5M won’t help much with is swaying this year’s election, which looks like it will cross the $1B mark, or 150 times yesterday’s sales at CFA.

Just think what we could do with $1B…

Okay, I’m done. Continue on America!


Open Letter to Governor Haley

Dear Governor Haley,

As governor you have the opportunity to shape this great state of ours for generations to come – what an honor. I can’t begin to comprehend the enormous amount of stress you must be under with difficult decisions put in front of you daily.

I’m writing to bring awareness to one particular major decision awaiting you – the proposed development of a casino brought forth by the Cherokee Tribe in the Hardeeville and Jasper County areas.

However, I would like to present a different side of this debate – not economic, moral, ethical, or social – but of respect.

Just over six weeks ago, a family in Charleston by the name of Matt and Melanie Capobianco had their adoptive 2-year-old daughter taken from them and returned to the biological father. During this time, the state of South Carolina was unable to step in and intervene. As such, a young child was uprooted from the only family she has ever known and returned to someone who demonstrated he had no plans to be a part of her life.

Please note that I do not know the Capobiancos. I’ve never met them, spoken to them, or even traded e-mails. I only know of their story through the media. It has hit home.

Something very similar happened to dear friends of ours. They too adopted a little girl. They too took her home from the hospital. They too raised her. And they too lost her following a lengthy court battle.

Much like the Capobiancos, they thought they were protected. Protected by lawyers. Protected by the State. Protected by common sense and a sense of understanding.

And in the end. They lost. The little girl lost. Their friends lost. A community lost.

So as you decide how to handle the proposed casino, I ask that you consider all angles. While one Native American tribe is promoting the casino, another fellow Native American tribe just supported the removal of a little girl from her only home.

While Native American tribes promise major economic and social benefits, they are also supporting a law that just wrecked a family’s bank account and tore apart their home. While the Indian Child Welfare Act has a purpose, I’m sure you will agree the intent of the law is not to destroy families; which is what has occurred ironically within weeks of Jasper County unanimously voting to approve the development of a Cherokee-operated casino.

And this group wants your blessing. What will you do? Will you stand up for your citizens?

You have a great opportunity before you. And while it may not return Veronica to the Capobiancos or Abigail to the Andricain’s, it could protect the next child.

I still believe every person in this great State has a voice. And I hereby willingly trade my voice, and what may be best for my family, to someone who did not have a voice.

Willy Powell
Beaufort County