- Devon Winters, who has autism, has grown fond of drawing the famous golden arches of McDonald’s since he was just a little boy.
- Two years ago, the owners of their local McDonald’s gifted him with their golden arch signage, which was brought down by Hurricane Michael.
- The owners surprised his family again this year by giving them a new car and lots of art supplies!
A family from Florida received a holiday surprise from their local McDonald’s restaurant two years after their first meeting.
Tim and Tracy Johnstone, McDonald’s Owners/Operators, own seven restaurants. Four are located in Panama City, one of which was destroyed by Hurricane Michael two years ago.
Tiffany Winters, a resident in the area, asked on social media if anyone could check the debris and recover the famous “golden arches” to give to her 15-year-old son, Devon.
Devon, who has autism, has grown fond of the golden arches since he was just a little boy and drew them all the time.
“When we heard about Devon’s story and his love for the golden arches, we knew we had to do something special for him and his family,” the Johnstones said.
So they saved the iconic golden arch signage from the wreckage and gifted it to Devon. They also helped him experience being a McDonald’s employee for the day.
Tracy said that it felt “really special” to “turn around that fear and grief” brought about by Hurricane Michael “into a celebration for such a deserving kid.”
The owners kept in touch with the family since then. This year, they wanted to make their holidays even more special.
So the Johnstones surprised them with a new car! The Winters family lives 40 miles away from any town, so the much-needed vehicle can help them get Devon to school and medical appointments.
Devon’s dad, Brent Winters, said, “This is so far above and beyond. To receive a car in a real time of need is going to change our lives.”
Devon also received several art supplies, among other gifts.
The Johnstone couple shared, “In a year of unprecedented challenges, we’re reminded of how an act of kindness can uplift one another. It was truly such an honor to see Devon’s face light up when he saw his gifts—and to know that we could help him and his family means everything.”
Brent added, “You hear all the negativity in the world. You don’t hear a lot of the good news stories. So it’s nice to be part of one.”
Source: Good News Network