LUFKIN, Texas – Social media can bring out the worst and the best in people.
This story out of East Texas proves as much.
It’s in Lufkin, Texas where you will find Confections, a locally owned and operated bakery.
Confections posted a rainbow heart cookie photo in celebration of Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community and, according to the business, it started a firestorm of negative comments and messages.
“We lost a significant amount of followers because of a rainbow heart cookie we posted,” the store posted on Facebook. “We received a very hateful message on our business page canceling a large order (5dz) of summer themed cookies for tomorrow morning (that we just finished decorating) because of a rainbow heart cookie we posted.”
The post continues, saying the bakery never expected this kind of reaction and it was disappointed.
But then, the good part of social media reared its head.
The post recounting the negative interactions went viral, with thousands of shares and likes and soon, the bakery couldn’t keep up with orders.
“We are overwhelmed by all the sweet words of support posted, messaged and emailed,” a following post reads. “There are so many it may take us a while to get through them all. Tears of joy ran down my face as I read through them.”
The bakery even started to run out of cookies.
At one point, it posted the photo below showing a line literally reaching to the sidewalk outside.
Now, the bakery is working overtime to meet the demand for its treats, while also trying to put something together to help raise funds for local nursing homes or charities.