Restaurant Staff Plays With Disabled Kid In Wheelchair After Children Refuse To — Emotional Mother Thanks Chick-Fil-A Employees For Kindhearted Gesture

The mother of a disabled and wheelchair bound child thanked the employees of Chick-fil-A in Columbus, Georgia, after they took time out to play with her son. When the kids his age refused to, the staff members actively engaged him and managed to completely turn around a negative experience.

A Georgia mom offered her heartfelt gratitude to the employees of the fast food restaurant for playing with her son after other kids in the vicinity refused to include him in their games. The mother’s post on Facebook showed the employees of the restaurant engaging the child in a Star Wars role-playing game, replete with toy lightsabers as well as Darth Vader, reported KMOV.

The heartwarming incident happened late last week, when Chick-fil-A on Wynnton Road had scheduled “Galaxy Night,” a Star Wars-themed event replete with lightsabers and face paint meant for parents and children to enjoy an evening of fun and food, reported Your Daily Dish.

During the event on July 22, a young boy in a wheelchair asked a group of boys playing in the play area on the premises if he could join them. Their response, however, was the one no kid wants to hear. Having being rejected with a rather cold “No, we are good,” from the group of boys, the disabled kid wasn’t in the best of spirits, shared the 8-year-old’s mother, Kari Merriken.

“When my son asked some boys in the play area if he could join them, the response was, ‘No, we’re good,'”

The Chick-fil-A employees, however, not only managed to put a complete stop to the negative experience for the family, but turned it into a sweet and memorable time. The staff members gave the kid one of the best times of his life by actively playing with him.


After the boy, identified as Caleb, was turned down, he approached his mother and asked her to play with him. Merriken explained the situation to the Chick-fil-A employees and merely made a single request. She did not ask the employees to play with the kid, but requested the staff if she could borrow a couple of lightsabers they had procured for the event.

The employees did hand a lightsaber to the mother, who attempted to salvage her child’s day. However, her son was in for a treat.

Instead of just complying with the request, the employees decided to go the extra mile for the wheelchair-bound kid, wrote Merriken on her Facebook post, which she later shared to Chick-fil-a Wynnton/Macon Road’s page.

“I went outside with him, and the next thing I know the employees had found some worthy opponents who were much cooler (and more skilled with a light saber) than mom.”

After the mother and her child went outside to play, an employee in the the Dark Lord of the Sith garb came out and challenged Caleb to a lightsaber battle, continued Merriken.

“The next thing I know, out comes Darth Vader. They said something like, ‘We heard you can’t find any worthy opponents,’ and they started battling with him.”

The Darth Vader costume was worn by Derek Rains, an employee of Chick-fil-A. Along with a coworker, the trio had an epic battle, which Caleb won, reported Inside Edition. Alex Vann, the owner of the Chick-fil-A restaurant said,”I’m super proud of our team for being aware there are folks that do have some needs. We can really bring a remarkable experience for somebody.”

Restaurant Staff Plays With Disabled Kid In Wheelchair After Children Refuse To - Emotional Mother Thanks Chick-fil-A Employees For Kindhearted Gesture
Caleb suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that affects motor nerve cells in the spine. He is currently undergoing treatment, but his movements are restricted.

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