Autistic Dartmouth Boy Is Lovin’ It at New Bedford McDonald’s
There's no doubt that Caleb Rapoza, an autistic teenager from Dartmouth with Beals Syndrome, is loving life today.
On Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m., Caleb and his mother Michelle Rapoza went out for a birthday lunch at the McDonald's on King's Highway in New Bedford.
Caleb's dream when he gets older is to work at McDonald's, so for his birthday, he asked for a uniform hat to play "pretend" at home, as if he worked for the fast food chain. Little did he know that the staff at his favorite McDonald's had something special planned for him.
Two of the managers, Lynn Ciminello and Laurinda O’Meara, found out that he was looking for a hat and decided to give him a little extra. Caleb was surprised by the managers, along with their co-workers Alyssa Insley and Maria Rodrigues, with a birthday cake while they sang "Happy Birthday" to him.
You could tell right away (see video above) that he was overwhelmed with joy and pure happiness.
"I think I'm going to cry," Caleb said.
And believe me, there wasn't a dry eye to be found.
Along with the cake were balloons and a gift basket stuffed with toys, a shirt, a blanket, and of course—the hat.
We all hope you had a wonderful birthday, Caleb! It just goes to show you that there is so much good in this world, you just never know when you're going to come face to face with it like Caleb did.