Chick-fil-A Opened Up on a Sunday for a Teen With Cerebral Palsy Who Loves the Drive-Thru

The mom wanted to do something her son would definitely enjoy.
Rene Sprague

The 14-year-old also had a previous birthday held at a pharmacy drive-thru.

An Alabama Chick-fil-A opened its doors on a Sunday to make a boy’s wish come true. 

Elijah Sprague, 14, who has autism and cerebral palsy, wanted to celebrate his birthday “working” in the restaurant's drive-thru. 

“I was asking him what he wanted to do for his birthday and he wanted to do Chick-fil-A,” Elijah’s mom, Rene Sprague, told

Sprague said she asked her brother, who is a manager at Chick-fil-A in Mobile, if he could open the restaurant on Sunday for Elijah. The chain is typically always closed on Sundays, but the store's owner decided to make an exception for Elijah.  

On Sunday, Sprague had friends and family line up in the drive-thru as Elijah happily handed out cookies to the “customers.”

“He was pumped,” Sprague said. “He would yell their name and get excited. Every time a new car came up he would get excited all over again.”

Elijah gave out more than 65 cookies, and then he and his friends, many of whom also have special needs, were able to play in the Chick-fil-A’s playroom uninterrupted.

Sprague said she wants to make sure that Elijah gets to do all the things he wants in life.

“Ever since we adopted him, we knew he was going to be sick and his life may be shorter,” Sprague said. “Once we wrapped our head around that, we started looking for things that were going to keep him happy and healthy.”

When he initially fell in love with drive-thru windows, his family had his birthday party at a drive-thru pharmacy.

This year, they wanted to make sure he enjoyed himself doing what he loves again.

“It was really cool to see all the people who love him there,” the mom added.