Elijah Sprague had a wish for his 14th birthday. He wanted to work the drive-thru at his favorite Chick-Fil-A in Mobile, AL, something he hopes to do when he grows up.
Sprague has cerebral palsy and autism.
The restaurant chain, which is famously closed on Sundays to allow all of the employees to worship, has opened its doors in the past for special occasions, and this one was an easy decision for the owner of the franchise, according to his mother Rene.
“He was like, ‘Why are you even asking? Absolutely, we have to do it,’” Sprague said.
Staff baked cookies for the celebration, which Elijah gave out through the drive-thru window to acquaintances. They continued into the store and celebrated with their friend with cookie cake and games at the store.
Elijah was born after only 18 weeks in the womb. Doctors did not expect him to live longer than a year. He stayed at a hospital’s NICU for six months when Rene, who works there, decided to adopt him.
This special day, with the help of Chick-Fil-A, marks an important moment in the lives of all involved.
“This is super special to us,” Sprague said. “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.”
It’s hard not to love Chick-Fil-A as a company. It also helps that they’re food is better than just about anything offered by other fast food chains.
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