Jeff Mosley, manager of the Chick-fil-A at The Crossing on 82nd Street said, "Our hearts are broken. We wanted to help in any way we can."
Mosley said as soon as he and his employees heard about the crash just a couple of miles away, they went to work preparing 100 meals for those gathered at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.
"We felt we could do the things we do best, make meals and provide comfort for those who were feeling anxious during this tough time," he said. "Those families experiencing loss are our customers, part of our family."
Mosley said his restaurant and the church have enjoyed a strong partnership going back 10 years when his Chick-fil-A first opened. Mosley said he's hired many teens from the church. In fact, one of them was a high school senior was on the bus. His older brother is one of the restaurant managers.
"Hearing the news and knowing one of our own was on the bus, it was important to respond and do something practical," Mosley said.
He said the teen, who suffered a concussion in the crash is doing okay, but it's still very hard on his co-workers, especially thinking about those who died.
He said one of his managers went by the accident after leaving work and later realized that two of the victims, youth pastor Chad Phelps and his pregnant wife Courtney "were just (at the restaurant) last week. They were here making a connection with him, so it's very sad for him, just such a loss of life."
Mosley said his restaurant would continue reaching out to see how else they might assist the church and its families.