5 y.o. with autism gets a surprise from the garbage man (video)

Daniel is five years old, and has autism. He’s particularly fascinated by garbage trucks, and rushes outside every week to watch the trucks methodically pick up the garbage.

Then one day, Manuel who picks up the recyclables, brought Daniel a gift… and it was the best Garbage Day ever.


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  • carrileah

    faith restored today…light & love

  • kandy830

    My Uncle Isaac just got a nice
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  • Tor

    I often see homeless people giving other homeless people a little money when all the well-heeled folks just walk by.

  • Oh, yeah, us too, here in the outer VA suburbs of DC. But it still takes a guy to wrestle the bin onto the prongs that engage that bar. You need somewhat more sophisticated sensors and effectors to grab the bin with no human touching it.

  • cambridgemac

    They also give a higher percentage of their income to charity, as many studies have shown.

  • emjayay

    San Francisco and I suppose other cities make everyone use standard cans for trash and recycling with wheels and a bar on the side to fit the truck.

  • Jonas Grumby

    The best.

  • Hayatek AlNesaay

    thanks loving example

  • zerosumgame0005

    and to think the 1% will dismiss this as one “taker” helping another “taker”

  • AnitaMann

    More of this, everywhere.

  • 2karmanot

    What a perfect and loving example of ‘passing it forward.”

  • HolyMoly

    I like the fact that they actually knew the name of the man who routinely comes out every week to make their neighborhood a cleaner, better place. The family clearly already had respect for Manuel as a human being, having taken the time to learn his name at one point or another. Kindness often begets kindness, at least down here on the lower rungs of the economic ladder.

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts exactly…the poor are actually more empathetic, they have even done studies on this.

  • cole3244

    the 99% do more with less than the 1% do in a lifetime.

  • Krusher

    Well,that made me tear right up. There’s so much meanness in the world these days, it’s so nice to see an actual act of human kindness. Thanks, John.

  • The gift is great; we have a nephew about that age who is also fascinated by garbage trucks.

    I’m also impressed that the real truck apparently picks up and dumps the containers without needing a person out in the elements to manhandle it.

  • S1AMER

    It’s the small kindnesses in life that matter the most.

  • 2patricius2

    What a thoughtful man!

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