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Alabama Chick-fil-A opens its doors on Sunday — you'll love the reason why


One young special needs youth got to live his dream

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An Alabama Chick-fil-A opened its doors on a Sunday to grant a special young teen's wish: To work at its drive-thru window.

The Christian-owned restaurant is typically closed on Sundays in observance of the Sabbath.

What are the details?

A Mobile, Alabama, location opened on Sunday to honor 14-year-old Elijah Sprague, a special needs child with autism, on his birthday.

Walt Gilstrap, who is the general manager, collaborated with the restaurant's owner to grant Elijah's wish.

According to WKRG-TV, Elijah has always wanted to work at the drive-thru, and on that Sunday, his dream came true.

The outlet reported that about 40 cars visited the restaurant's drive-thru and received a cookie from Elijah himself.

After he "worked," Elijah — along with friends and family — celebrated inside the restaurant with a cookie cake. Decoration on Elijah's cookie cake read "Drive Through King."

Elijah's mother, Rene Sprague, shared photos of the heartwarming celebration on Facebook. She wrote, "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."

Anything else?

Chick-fil-A has in the past opened its doors on Sundays out of the goodness of the company's heart.

In 2015, a Texas location opened on a Sunday to pass out free food to victims of that December's deadly tornadoes.

After the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre in Florida, the restaurant opened its doors to feed those people who were donating blood to the victims. The mass killing took the lives of at least 49 people and injured more than 50.

In 2017, a Virginia location offered up its space on a Sunday to accommodate churchgoers who were unable to worship in a local hotel's ballroom after it had been condemned.

In September 2018, a North Carolina Chick-fil-A opened its doors to feed first responders and disaster response teams after Hurricane Florence ravaged the state.

Needless to say, the company has an obvious history of serving its community in the most heart-warming of ways.

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