Alabama Chick-fil-A Opens for Special Sunday Birthday for Boy with Special Needs


Chick-fil-A is famously closed on Sundays to allow workers to have a day off with their family, but one restaurant in Alabama put aside that rule for one day to fulfill the birthday wish of a special needs boy.

The Christian-owned company never opens on Sunday, but when a location in Mobile, Alabama, found out that a boy with special needs was hoping for some delicious chicken on his birthday last Sunday, the store manager could not say no.

The store decided to open up on Sunday all to serve little Elijah Sprague his favorite lunch. But there was even ore to it.

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Walt Gilstrap, the manager of the restaurant and Elijah’s uncle, along with the owner, Mr. Glen, let Elijah run the drive-thru window where he passed out cookies to about 40 cars. The participants then went inside the Chick-fil-A to finish celebrating Elijah’s day with a festive cookie cake, Mobile, Ala., news station WKRG reported.

“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 Sprague, Elijah’s mother, wrote on a January 14 Facebook post.

This was not the first time that Elijah got to run a drive-thru window.

Two years ago he also convinced a local pharmacy to let him serve customers at the drive-thru. too.

Chick-fil-A managers are often in the news for going the extra mile like this. Indeed, I can’t think of a similar story about any fast food joint.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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