The gift of a garbage truck: With love from Manuel

AutismSpeaks Vids uploaded a video last week, ‘Boy with Autism Gets Surprise Gift from Trash Man.’ The video tells a simple story through act of kindness, and has in a small way gone viral with 953,125 views as on date.

Robin Newberger wrote in to Autism Speaks about her 5-year-old son Daniel receiving a special gift from their trash collector Manuel. Manuel’s good deed is going to be recognized by his company, E.J. Harrison & Sons. Below is the Facebook message Robin Newberger posted with the video.

“One man, one moment, touching the life of an autistic child. Our hearts are overflowing. There are already many who have watched this video who don’t know us. Our son, Daniel, is 5. He has autism. What started out as a fear has turned into a fascination. I showed him a YouTube video of a garbage truck a couple of years ago and he’s been obsessed ever since. Like many children on the autism spectrum, this has become a ritual for him. He loves the predictable movement of the hoist and is excited by the entire spectacle. He waits all week for Monday morning pickup. He knows exactly which cans are being picked up each week, and Sundays are special for him when he takes the cans out with his dad. Our recycle man, known only to us as Manuel, is his favorite. He always has a big smile for Daniel, who is faithfully waiting for him every Monday. To him, trash pickup is like a symphony. He synchronizes his hand movements with the truck. We have so many ‘Trash Day’ videos, but this one is like no other.”

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