Act of kindness inspires career path for local child with special needs

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - An act of kindness has inspired a 9-year-old boy with autism.

Faris outside KFC

Faris Al Hindwai has loved KFC his entire life, but now he wants to do more than eat there - he wants to work there.

Faris' mother tells News 3 the inspiration came after a trip to the Warwick Boulevard location near Fort Eustis. After reaching out to several locations asking if her son could tour the business, many said no.

However, one manager at the Newport News location welcomed Faris inside.

"It was awesome! I got to make my own chicken. I got two cookies and I got to make it," Faris shared excitedly.

Faris' family says his dream of working at KFC is a first and an exciting first step for their family.

Kasia Grzelkowski, CEO of Versability Resources in Hampton, says an act of kindness like this is encouraging.

"People with disabilities want to work and enjoy the valuable sense of purpose that comes with being a productive citizen," she said.

At Versability Resources, Grzelkowski works with adults with all types of physical and intellectual disabilities. The organization helps adults navigate through the workforce by providing job and skill training while also employing individuals at their warehouse.

"We get to witness the dignity of work every day and the incredible difference it makes in people's lives," said Grzelkowski.

While inside their walls they're able to encourage individuals, Grzelkowski says it's promising to hear that strangers are also having an impact on children like Faris.

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