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Free meal for first responders on 9/11

Posted at 8:14 AM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 09:19:50-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — This Friday marks 19 years since the deadly terror attacks on 9/11. A local owner will be giving a free meal to first responders as a token of gratitude for their service.

The workers at Chops & Eggs are ready for another year of showing appreciation by serving a free meal to our first responders and bringing the community together on September 11.

“This event is very important to us because it is an opportunity for us to feed them to show them some appreciation,” said Chef and owner Jordan Jaradat.

The free meal comes from their menu which will be an open menu from them to choose from. For the first responders who work and cannot make it to the event Jordan said they can come on September 12 for a free meal.

“The people who work that day can come the next day and it’s for free,” said Jaradat.
For Jaradat, the gesture isn’t a promotional gimmick. It means something more to him and his staff.

“It’s not about the cost, it’s about the appreciation we show them,” said Jaradat.
The restaurant also collects donations from patrons during the all day event. Last year the restaurant raised close to $1200 for the Corpus Christi Police Officers’ Association.

One of their employees who worked last year, Cory Hill said, “the turn out was excellent and the people that actually came in they were grateful and they didn’t believe that people actually took the time out to do things for them like this.”

“We just want them to know that on September 11th we want them to come in so that we can serve them just like they served us,” said Hill.

The event is from 7am-10pm and all first responders have to do is show their badge.