Thursday 29 September 2016

'Safe to say I have the happiest boy in Ireland' - Mum overwhelmed with McDonalds' heart-warming gesture to son with autism

Catherine Devine

Published 20/07/2016 | 11:08

McDonald's heartwarming gesture to two-year-old Cork boy with autism. Photo:Facebook
McDonald's heartwarming gesture to two-year-old Cork boy with autism. Photo:Facebook

An Irish mother said she was “overwhelmed by the generosity” of McDonald’s as they went “above and beyond” to help her two-year-old son with autism.

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Nicole Duggan from Cork told Neil Prenderville on Cork’s RedFm that her young son with autism was devastated when he lost his favourite Angry Birds toy from McDonald's.

“Anyone who has a child with autism knows how hard it is for them to take to new toys and it is very rare for them to find something they love,” said Nicole.

“My son loves the Angry Birds toys from the McDonald's Happy Meals. We have built up a collection of them and he loved two or three in particular. Of course they are the ones that he lost.

McDonald's sent the young boy the entire Angry Birds toy collection after he lost his favourite Happy Meal toy Credit: Facebook
McDonald's sent the young boy the entire Angry Birds toy collection after he lost his favourite Happy Meal toy Credit: Facebook

“He is non-verbal and finds it so hard to get his feeling across, so losing his favourite toy caused a lot of tantrums and upset.”

After hours of searching for the toys they were nowhere to be seen so Nicole contacted McDonald’s head office to see if she could buy the missing toys from them.

“This morning we were woken by the post man with this amazing package-the whole collection of Angry Birds toys. To most people this would be a stupid delivery to get, for my little boy it was like Christmas morning.

“McDonalds went above and beyond for my small man and I can't thank them enough. Safe to say I have the happiest boy in Ireland today,” she said.

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