My family has been through a lot through the years. My husband and I have five young children, two of whom have special needs. We have a child with mild cerebral palsy and a child who is a cancer survivor. My husband had to stop working well over a year ago so that he could be with our son during chemo and radiation.
We were blessed to have the love and support of our local Chick-fil-A, which soon became like family to us.
Before I knew them well I would always take my other four kids to Chick-fil-A when Samuel would be inpatient at the children's hospital. It was something fun and special for the other kids who would be at home and away from their brother. When Samuel's white blood cell count was high and he wasn't hospitalized he would get to participate in the fun as well.
After treatment was over, this was the place we came to as a family to have dinner and to celebrate Samuel's life.
In November 2012, our friends at Chick-fil-A, Operator Derrick Ward and his manager Patty found out how we were struggling financially and decided to bless us with a special Christmas. They pulled in the community and gave us a special Thanksgiving basket and then began to gather special toys, clothes, and other gifts for our children.
I know our kids will never forget the Christmas we shared this past year. We were invited to their special Christmas banquet where we were the guests of honor. The kids were given a Wii directly from the Ward family! They couldn't believe it! The community and Chick-fil-A also had made up a lovely basket for my husband and I, including a couple's massage and a haircut certificate for me! We were spoiled.
Local Chesapeake businesses partnered with Chick-fil-A and provided gifts for the kids for Christmas Day. What a special day it was for us. Celebrating life and love and community. We know we couldn't have provided that kind of Christmas for our family. We are so blessed to have our Chick-fil-A at Edinburgh Commons, Ches., VA
-The Napier Family