A Florida woman’s random act of kindness at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru last month had a heartwarming ripple effect. On May 19, Cherie Miller went to her local Chick-fil-A in Temple Terrace, Florida. Rather than simply paying for her own meal and moving on, Miller, whose church was benefitting from the restaurant’s sales that day, decided to pay for the car behind her as well. As it turns out, the kindness didn’t stop there.

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“Let me give you a little piece of sunshine out of Florida,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Cherie Miller set off a chain reaction of good deeds.”

While Miller told WTVT-TV her good deed was a way to “pass on the love of God, and to give someone a surprise,” she had no idea she would inspire so many others to do the same.

“She asked to pay it forward and we’ve had that happen before, but never have we had it go that far,” Carmen Fisher, the local Chick-fil-A marketing director, told ABC news. “It was incredible that people just kept going. And some people were paying for meals more than their meals cost.”

The 18 cars that passed through the drive-thru after Miller continued the tradition of paying for the person behind them. At that point, Miller, who had forgotten to order chicken nuggets for her son, returned to the drive-thru and learned of the impact her good deed had. She then once again paid for the person behind her.


Another 20 (!) cars proceeded to follow Miller’s lead – for a grand total of 38.

“You’ve got to be kidding,” Pat said.

“That’s great,” Stu concluded.

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