When Truett Cathy was honored by the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia, he told reporter Chandra Thomas what inspires him to work with children. The interview brings back memories of chicken sandwiches and children for Pete Colbenson, our community organizer at JJIE.org. Pete first met the founder of Chick-fil-A more than 30 years ago, when Cathy responded to a call for help. Pete was the director of the Clayton County Regional Youth Development Center in Jonesboro in 1987. At the time, it was one of the oldest and most decrepit facilities in the state. One morning he got to work and found out both kitchen stoves were broken down. He had to find a way to feed the children– about 60 hungry kids needed lunch. So he called The Chick-fil-A Dwarf House in Jonesboro and found a sympathetic ear. What happened next was a surprise Pete will never forget:
“An hour later an older gentleman in a beat up pickup truck arrived at the back gate. I went to open the gate and introduce myself. I was stunned to learn it was Truett Cathy.