McDonald’s Worker with Down Syndrome Retires after 32 Years

After 32 years, a Massachusetts McDonald’s employee with Down syndrome is retiring. Freia David’s dedication has shown that it’s possible to be apart of society even under challenging conditions. She is well known in the area and loved by many.

Charles River Center is a private, nonprofit human service agency in Needham, Massachusetts that provides programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. With Freia being a resident of the center, they helped her to get employed at the McDonald’s. Charles River Center partnered with McDonald’s years decades ago to secure employment for its residents. To learn more about this great agency, visit them at

 The McDonald’s on Chestnut Street in Needham posted a sign announcing Freia David’s retirement party that will be held on Monday (Aug 29) offering a free small fry for everyone.

The community as well as social media have had really nice things to say about her great work and continue to congratulate her service. “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,” her childhood friend Christopher Sheehan wrote.




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