Chick-Fil-A, home to one of America’s favorite chicken sandwiches, attributes to the rule that no employee works on Sunday.
However, one local restaurant broke the practice established since 1946 just so a boy with special needs could have his birthday wish come true.
Elijah Sprague, who has autism, wanted to celebrate his 14th birthday by fulfilling one of his dreams, reports WKRG. He desired to help run the drive-thru at the Chick-fil-A on Airport Blvd. in Mobile, Alabama.
His uncle, Walt Gilstrap, the manager of the restaurant and the owner, Mr. Glen, opened the doors on Sunday, so Elijah’s friends could drive through the drive-thru and received a cookie.
About 40 cars participated and afterward, his friends celebrated with a cookie cake and Elijah’s favorite menu item, grilled chicken with lots of sauces.
The way people love this kid amazes me. It has truly changed the way I live my life. Loving people with your whole…
His mother, Rene Sprague, said she was overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness. She wrote on Facebook:
The way people love this kid amazes me. It has truly changed the way I live my life. Loving people with your whole heart, judgments aside and with no anticipation of rewards. Thank you to every single person that loves our Elijah.
Rene told CBS that Elijah is autistic and suffers from cerebral palsy and limited speech.
He was born 18 weeks premature and was adopted by the Spragues at six months old. Elijah was only given about a year to live. Rene said:
“This is super special to us.
Elijah’s not going to graduate like our other kids. He’s not going to get married or have kids. So this is just a really cool experience to us for him to have this level of attention… it’s neat for people to recognize he’s a really cool kid.”
According to Business Insider, the chain only opens on Sunday in wake of emergencies.
Following the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016, Chick-Fil-A locations broke from tradition and served prepared meals for first responders and people donating blood.
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