Haley Bridges, 17, noticed that her fellow Chik-Fil-A co-worker and friend, Hokule’a Taniguchi, 19, was biking to work in the Wisconsin snow. When Bridges learned that she won a car at a company Christmas party raffle, she knew that she wanted to give her prize away.
“I love working here. Not only are the people that work here amazing, but it has taught me so many new things. I always look forward to going to work, I get to see my second family,” she said.
The co-workers became fast friends after Bridges started work at the fast-food chain in August 2020. Bridges shared that her and her Chik-Fil-A co-workers are not just supportive of each other while at work, but outside of it as well, and they hang out all the time.
When the Chik-Fil-A team and close group of friends learned that a car was the grand prize during the Christmas raffle, they banded together and agreed that whoever won the car should give it to Taniguchi.
Bridges described the moment she won the raffle prize as surreal and emotion-filled.
“Once my name was called by one of the bosses, Hoku and I looked at each other, this is when she started to cry. I’ve never seen her emotional side much. She is a very happy person and very funny and goofy as well. We looked at each other and I started to cry as well,” Bridges told the TODAY Show.
Taniguchi was deeply touched that her best friend had been the one to win the car for her. Since receiving the car, Taniguchi’s life has greatly improved.
“At the same time she received the car, she got approved to get an apartment which is located closer to Chick-fil-A… I’m glad that she has a reliable ride to work and the grocery store as well!”
Bridges’ generous act of kindness was returned, with her aunt arranging a fundraiser to pay off the car that Bridges had purchased for herself.