Everyone who loves the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A knows that they do not open on Sundays. That’s why it came as a huge surprise when a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama opened their doors on a Sunday, but they had a very special reason for doing so.
The restaurant decided to open their doors on Sunday to help Elijah Sprague, a young boy with autism, celebrate his 14th birthday. Chick-fil-A is Elijah’s favorite restaurant, and he had always dreamed of working at the drive-thru. The Alabama restaurant was all too happy to help Elijah make his wish come true on his special day!
Elijah did have an “in” at the restaurant as his uncle Walt Gilstrap is the manager there. Walt and the owner decided that it would be fun to give Elijah a birthday surprise by opening the restaurant on Sunday. They gave Elijah the chance to run the drive-thru and pass out cookies to about 40 cars there.
Afterwards, everyone headed inside the restaurant to finish celebrating Elijah’s birthday with a festive cookie cake.
“The way people love this kid amazes me. It has truly changed the way I live my life,” said Rene Sprague, Elijah’s mother. “Loving people with your whole heart, judgments aside and with no anticipation of rewards. Thank you to every single person that loves our Elijah.”
Chick-fil-A is a company that values family and helping others. We can’t say that we’re surprised that they opened on Sunday to help a boy with special needs celebrate his birthday in an unforgettable way!