NORTH HAVEN — Chick-fil-A will donate a portion of their in-store proceeds from July 1 to a former employee who broke her back and was paralyzed from the waist-down last month.
The business, 560 Universal Dr. N, will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from in-restaurant sales between 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 1 to Mikaela (Kayla) Carbaugh.
Carbaugh, 20, graduated from Lancaster Bible College this May and left soon after on a senior trip to retrace Apostle Paul’s mission trip. While taking photos in Turkey she slipped on rocks, which resulted in a broken back and paralyzed her from the waist down.
Carbaugh worked for Chick-fil-A North Haven last summer and her younger sister, Megan, 19, has been an employee for about two years, working during school breaks. Owner Sarah Gaudiano and Business Manager Nakia Scott said they’ve gotten to know the Carbaugh family well, since their parents also come into the store often and their father is pastor of the Pond Hill Baptist Church.
Scott said when they heard about the accident, “it broke our hearts.”
“It was tough to hear… We see her family all the time… still see them quite often,” Scott said.
Doing a fundraiser for Carbaugh felt natural for the team, who strive to be philanthropic, particularly with their own community.
“I think (the fundraiser) would have happened just because she was a great employee, but I think the relationship we had for her family just made it more want to do something,” Scott said.
Scott hopes the fundraiser will help offset the unanticipated medical costs. Kayla Carbaugh is currently recovering at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, according to her sister, who said she is emotionally in a good place right now.
Megan Carbaugh said when she found out about the fundraiser she started crying.
“I had no idea that they were gonna do something like this,” Megan Carbaugh said. “They’ve definitely helped my family in more ways than one.”