Woman with Down syndrome retires from job after 32 years

NEEDHAM, MA (WCMH)–After more than three decades, Freia David has retired from her job at a Boston-area McDonald’s.

David, who has Down syndrome, worked at the store for 32 years.

She is employed through the Charles River Center, a nonprofit in Needham, Massachusetts that provides programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. A lifelong friend of hers posted a photo on Facebook several weeks ago, and said he wanted the restaurant to do something for her.

“She is one of the most beautiful and upbeat people you could ever hope to know and I know she would be thrilled if she felt extra special for one day,” Christopher Sheehan wrote.

Now, it’s time to party. The center shared a photo of the McDonald’s on its Facebook page–the store put out a big sign inviting everyone to David’s retirement party. They’re giving away free French fries at the celebration, as David works at the fry station.

In 2009, the Charles River Center published an article about David in its summer newsletter: “Recognized for her perseverance, hard work and admirable spirit, Freia demonstrates what one can accomplish, given the opportunity. Just ask her boss at McDonald’s where Freia has worked since 1987. ‘Freia is a great employee. She works hard and is so good natured,” says manager Charles Broughton. “She’s happy to be here and we love to have her here,’ he adds.”

Editor’s note: It is possible the Charles River Center made a typo in this newsletter, as David would have had to start working at McDonald’s in 1984 for it to be her 32nd anniversary.

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