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.
"I'm happy with what I do today, I'm gonna stay here till I can't work, as long as I can," Peggy said. "It gives me something to do Tuesday through Friday...keeps me going. I feel very wonderful and happy today."
In her time with the Fair Oaks McDonald's, Peggy has made lifelong friends of many customers - who always look forward to seeing her when they visit.
Before her career with McDonald's Peggy worked in PRIDE Industries' work services program. The program hires, trains and helps people with disabilities and special needs find employment throughout the Sacramento community.
Peggy is one of PRIDE Industries' first clients to start working independently, joining McDonald's in 1989. Her PRIDE job coach, Gloria McNally, has been along for the journey for all 30 years.
"She is absolutely amazing, and her customers absolutely love her...as she does them," McNally said. "She's personality plus and always makes everyone feel comfortable and glad to be here. She absolutely loves her job."
Since starting with McDonald's Peggy has moved from a care home into her own apartment and takes public transportation to and from work - feats she accomplished with help from PRIDE.
"We're very proud of her and very proud of her employers," McNally said. "They're amazing. Every year they celebrate important things in her life."
Over the years friends and customers have asked Peggy when she will retire, but it doesn't seem she wants to just yet. At 61-years-old Peggy said she's too young to retire.
"I'm too young to be quittin' right now," Peggy said. "If I quit now I'd be bored at home trying to figure out what to do!"
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