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Area Chick-fil-A stores hold fundraiser for Sparkman
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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Thousands of metro-area residents ate dinner with a purpose Wednesday night.

More than 40 Chick-fil-A restaurants donated at least 10% of their sales to Christopher Sparkman, the security guard shot during last year's rampage at the Kennesaw Fed Ex facility.

"It was on our calendar since the moment I found out about it," said Brittany Holbrooke.

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The idea first started at the Macland Crossing location in Cobb County.

Owner Zach Thomas tells us he felt inspired to help.

"We want to help our community and give back. The Sparkman family being a part of our greater community, we thought it was a great opportunity to help," Thomas said.

That desire quickly spread with more than 40 area restaurants singing on. All of the stores donated at least 10% of their sales to help pay for Sparkman's medical bills. The Macland Crossing store donated 20%.

One of the first customers was Janet Brannen, Sparkman's mother-in-law.

"It's very humbling to see the community come together like this," Brannen said.

Christopher Sparkman couldn't make it, he's still too weak. But thankfully, he's able to recover from home.

"He's doing great. He loves being at home. He's still weak, he still can not have food," Brannen said, "It was very important for me to come here and show my support."

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