Anyone who works a 32-year career is deserving of praise, especially if during those 32 years, they put their all into the job and work diligently and with pride.
And someone who certainly fits that bill is Freia David of Needham, Massachusetts. David worked the French fry station at her local McDonald’s for more than three decades and is a beloved employee and friend.
Working at McDonald’s is, sadly, often dismissed as not “really” a job, but for many people, it’s a good, honest wage.
David also has Down Syndrome, which means that her employment also comes with extra challenges that other workers might not have to face.
But since 1984, when she was just 20 years old, she’s been heading to work every day, and serving fries to hungry customers.
There are a lot of misconceptions about Down Syndrome, and a lot of unfortunate stigmas still attached to the condition. These days, more and more people with Down Syndrome are working to educate others about it, including smashing some false ideas and prejudices that some people might have.
David retired from her position on August 29 this year, and she was given a warm send-off at her retirement party from McDonald’s as well as the Needham community.
David’s career shows that no matter your challenges, you can carve a path for yourself, and her well-attended retirement party shows how wonderful it is when communities come together in support and celebration.
Freia David started working at the McDonald’s in Needham, Massachusetts in the 1980s.
She also lives in Needham, at the Charles River Center assisted living facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The Center partners with local businesses to provide employment, internships, and other opportunities to people with disabilities, giving them a chance to enrich their lives and be part of the community.
David worked at the Needham McDonald’s fry station for 32 years, 11 am to 2 pm, five days a week. During that time, she struck up friendships with many of the customers.
Now 52, David is retiring. And so her employers and the staff at the Charles River Center threw her a retirement bash befitting of such a dedicated employee.
David was honored at the McDonald’s where she worked, and the public was also welcome to drop by and enjoy some free French fries.
She was also awarded a certificate in recognition of her achievements.
Timothy McCoy, the owner-operator of the Needham McDonald’s said, “Freia’s smile, her enthusiasm, and her daily hugs made our restaurant more than just a restaurant.”
“She is loved and respected by all of our employees, customers, and anyone she has come into contact with,” McCoy continued.
“We are so sad that she is retiring, but very happy for the time we had to work with her. The McDonald’s of Needham will never be the same without Freia David.”
And David served up some fries one last time.
After retiring, David plans to continue her programs at the Charles River Center. She also enjoys drawing and listening to oldies music.
The Charles River Center has provided its residents with jobs for decades, and the staff couldn’t be prouder of David for her career.
They’re also proud of the over 80 other people with disabilities who are living and working in Needham.
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