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Chick-fil-A Opens On A Sunday For One Very Sweet Reason

What an incredible blessing to this young man!

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Fans of Chick-fil-A in the Mobile, Alabama area might have been a little confused when they saw a line of cars at the drive-thu this past Sunday. While the fast food giant shutters its doors in honor of each Lord’s Day, it has been known to make a few special exceptions.

Parents of children with special needs aren’t strangers to needing a little extra accommodation, but sometimes it can be hard to reach out and ask for it. Chick-fil-A, on the other hand, is no stranger to going the extra mile for their customers in big or small ways.

So, when 14-year-old Elijah Sprague had a unique birthday dream on his heart, Chick-fil-A was an answer to prayer.

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Elijah was born a micropreemie at just 22 weeks gestation. His biological mother gave birth at home shortly before transporting him to the NICU at University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital, where Rene Sprague was working as a nurse.

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During Elijah’s six-month stay in the NICU, his care team discovered several brain bleeds that eventually led to cerebral palsy and autism. Elijah was slated to be placed in foster care upon discharge from the hospital, but Rene and her husband Patrick stepped in.

“We decided to take him,” she recalled. “He was ours the minute we brought him home.”

Due to the severity of his condition, a neurologist warned the Spragues that it would be a miracle if Elijah saw his first birthday. By the grace of God, Elijah did have his first birthday, and his second, third, fourth, all the way up to last week when he celebrated his fourteenth birthday.

There are many things Elijah loves, his mom shared with AL.com, but Chick-fil-A and its drive-thru rank pretty high on the list, so it seems like providence that his uncle, Walt Gilstrap, happens to be the manager of one of the restaurant’s Mobile locations.

When Rene asked Walt if they could blow Elijah away with a Chick-fil-A birthday party at the restaurant outside of business hours, she was thrilled that he, and the restaurant’s owner Glen Rosson, said yes!

AL.com reports:

Walt and his girlfriend went in early to make cookies that Elijah proudly handed to his friends, along with drinks, through the drive-through window. Elijah received his own Chick-fil-A polo shirt and a name tag, and his guests came inside to play in the indoor playground.

Since his party, he keeps asking to go back to see “Walk,” as he calls his uncle, at “Lay,” as he refers to Chick-fil-A.

“He’s a really funny kid,” [Rene] says of Elijah, whose actual birthday was Jan. 4. “We have a great community of people who support him.”

Could Chick-fil-A possibly do anything to make us love them more? What an incredible blessing to this young man!

 

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Do-Good Hip Hop Legend Taunts College Scammers After Daughter Accepted to USC

What a world we live in where sitcom actresses are going to federal prison and gangster-rappers are bragging on their daughters and building schools.

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It’s not often that hardcore, gangster-rappers find themselves in the position that Dr. Dre is in, and that is what makes him so special. You see, when it comes to the entertainment industry’s elite, there seems to be no end to the depravity.  We hear sordid and salacious tales of Hollywood’s dark corners all of the time, including a recent story in which actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were arrested on major fraud charges. Loughlin and her husband allegedly agreed to pay $500,000 to improve their children’s chances of getting admitted into USC. The actress is one of about 40 people who have been charged in the scandal. Actress Felicity Huffman was also named in the indictment. The aforementioned Dr. Dre was not named in that scandal, and proudly took to social media to poke fun at the situation, while also bragging about his daughter’s acceptance into USC. https://www.instagram.com/p/BvX1OLwJljR/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg of Dre’s positivity. Dre, who is from Compton, has made multiple donations to schools in Southern California, including a $10 million donation to Compton High School for a performing arts complex in 2017 and a $70 million donationto USC to create a new arts, technology and business academy in 2013. The latter gift came from both Dre and music producer-turned-entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine. What a world we live in where sitcom actresses are going to federal prison and gangster-rappers are bragging on their daughters and building schools.  

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New Zealand Madman Bravely Chased by ‘Good Guy’ with a Gun

As with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit.

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 The sheer horror and terror of what has occurred in New Zealand stands at such close proximity at this time, that it is difficult to fully gauge its gravity. It has certainly shocked the nation itself, as New Zealand isn’t known as a dangerous, or even particularly excitable, place.  The serene and unfathomably gorgeous surroundings, along with the California-like dichotomy of beaches and ski mountains within hours of one another, lends the Kiwis the unmistakeable air of “chill” that one normally reserves for Malibu or San Diego. In fact, this rampage claimed the lives of more New Zealanders than an entire year of homicides would have in the country. But, as with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit. https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1106407956122263552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1106407956122263552&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fpolitics%2F2019%2F03%2F14%2Freport-good-guy-gun-chased-shot-new-zealand-attackers%2F That’s right; a good guy with a gun.  It’s the same story that we hear time and again, all over the globe, and it rings fundamentally true in nearly all aspects of life. It is not enough to hope and pray for the bad guys to turn the other cheek.  No; we must also hope and pray that good men will not stand aside and do nothing in the face of such evil.  And, by God, let’s hope they’re armed.  

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