McDonald's Employee With Down Syndrome Celebrates 27 Years at One Location
“For a man with Down syndrome to be employed by the same brand and three different owner-operators over the years speaks to his personality.”
March 15 marked an incredible achievement for Chris Campbell. Last week the 43-year-old kicked off his 27th year working at the same McDonald's in Norcross, Georgia.
Nearly three decades at the same business is a milestone worth celebrating, but it’s even more special for Campbell, who has Down syndrome.
Because he not only loves his job, but he's good at it too, his coworkers and the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta decided to honor Campbell with a party. His friends, family and coworkers baked him a cake, and presented him with a trophy for being the restaurant’s “golden star.”
Kellie Vander Veur, the owner of the location where Campbell works, told Inside Edition that she felt it was important to celebrate his achievement.
“For anyone to be at any business for 27 years is pretty remarkable,” she said. “For a man with Down syndrome to be employed by the same brand and three different owner-operators over the years speaks to his personality.”
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In his time at the McDonald's, Campbell has done it all, from maintenance to greeting to making Happy Meal boxes. He’s never late and the customers love him too, Vander Veur told Inside Edition.
She said that his mother always told him, ‘You can do anything you want to do.’”
“He’s got determination, a lot of fight, and he’s going to the top no matter what… and no one’s going to stop him!” Campbell’s mother, Barbara told WXIA 11Alive.
Way to go, Chris!