abc10 – FAIR OAKS, Calif. — If you have ever dined at the McDonald’s on Hazel Avenue in Fair Oaks, you’ve probably met Peggy Lombardi.
The valued member of the McDonald’s crew keeps the lobby clean, the beverage station stocked and clears tables in the dining area. On Wednesday, she was honored for her 30 years of service at the restaurant.
Thirty years anywhere is an accomplishment, but management says it’s more than that with Peggy. In her time with the Fair Oaks McDonald’s, she has created lifelong friends with many customers who always look forward to seeing her when they visit, even celebrating her birthday and work anniversary with cards and gifts annually.
Peggy previously worked in PRIDE Industries’ work services program which hires, trains and helps people with disabilities and special needs find employment throughout the Sacramento community. She is one of PRIDE Industries’ first clients to start working independently, joining McDonald’s in 1989.
Since starting with McDonald’s she has moved from a care home into her own apartment and takes public transportation to and from work. Her job coach, Gloria McNally, has been along for the journey for all 30 years.
Over the years friends and customers have asked Peggy when she will retire, but it doesn’t seem she wants to just yet. In her own words, “I just say ‘Why should I? I love it here and this is where my friends are!’”
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