As we’ve told you before, children with autism sometimes can become fixated on certain objects that they find comforting. For one little girl, it was her favorite shirt; for another boy, it was all about a beloved cup. A mom named Bonnie recently shared an experience online about her 7-year-old son, Lief, who is on the autism spectrum. Lief had become fixated on a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy he’d seen a friend playing with at school. Bonnie took Lief to McDonald’s to get the toy, but she left with so much more…
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My son, Leif, has autism. He’s a picky eater and has a hard time letting things go when he gets fixated on something. After a few weeks of hearing how his friend at school loved a toy from McDonalds, I knew eventually a happy meal was in our future. So after a few weeks we ventured out in search of the much discussed happy meal. We ordered and asked about the coveted Team Titans toys that were displayed on a kiosk. They had run out, no more left. They were now on to Batman. Leif was devastated.
I explained more about Leif and why it was so important to him….that he had been talking about these toys nonstop for weeks. The lovely, young woman who goes by TQ heard me and understood. She asked the manager if she could dismantle the kiosk and give Leif the toys. It took some convincing, I overheard, because this was not something they were supposed to do. TQ spent the next 15-20 minutes getting those toys for my son. He was overjoyed and has been playing with them for HOURS!
McDonald’s, I hope you know how lucky you are to have such a sweet woman on your staff. Someone who takes special care of their customers, someone who goes well above and beyond.
Thank you, TQ, at the 10th and Girls School Road McDonald’s in Speedway, IN. These simple happy meal toys mean so much! Your effort was an expression of love and made a difference.
TQ’s kindness didn’t just mean a new toy for Lief, it gave renewed hope and strength for his mother… and inspiration to us all.
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