Happy Meals sold at McDonald’s since 1979.
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Chris Campbell is known as the Happy Meal-expert, and now, after 27 years, he is rewarded for his work at the McDonald’s.
Campbell, who has Down syndrome, was honored by the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA) recently for his dedication to his work at an Atlanta-area McDonald’s, where he has been employed for nearly three decades.
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“I love cleaning, mopping, cleaning the tables and making the Happy Meal boxes. I love the Happy Meal boxes,” he told WXIA-TV in Atlanta. “Every time I give the boxes it makes each person happy.”
As part of the honor, Campbell received a large, gold star-shaped trophy that reads, “Congratulations to our Gold Star of 27 years! Chris Campbell.”
Campbell’s recognition comes at the same time, Walmart has decided to change the requirements for the greeters by the extend of their duties, that seems to be largely affected workers with disabilities who are unable to meet the new requirements, a report from NPR said.
“People with Down syndrome share the same hopes and dreams as everyone else,” DSAA said in a statement. “With the advocacy and support that as a community we can turn their dreams into reality.”
Since 1983, the life expectancy for people with Down’s syndrome has increased by 35 years from 25 to 60 years old, DSAA says. There are 400,000 people in the U.S. with Down syndrome, according to their website.