Every kid has a hero, and for one Illinois little girl named Brooklyn, that person is her local garbage collector, Delvar Dopson.
Every Thursday morning, Brooklyn Andracke waits for Dopson to drive by their house so she can wave, and recently on her birthday, she gave him a sweet surprise that’s blossomed into the world’s most adorable friendship.
Brooklyn is a little blonde girl, cute as a button, who was fascinated with the garbage man. Every Thursday morning, rain or shine, Brooklyn would run to the front windows of her home and wave excitedly to Dopson.
Brooklyn’s mom, Traci, said of the days they miss the truck: “I’d drive around the neighborhood to find the garbage truck and wave.”
When the little girl turned three, she decided there would be nothing more exciting than sharing her special day with the “smiley garbage man,” as she called him.
She quietly waited, just as she would any other Thursday. This time, when Dopson rolled up to the curb, Brooklyn’s mother, Traci Andrake motioned for him to stop, that’s when Brooklyn hustled over and handed him one of her birthday cupcakes.
I don’t know how it gets much cuter or more genuine than that. Most kids on their birthdays frantically launch themselves at their gifts and gobble up the cake, and even adults tend to treat their birthdays as a personal day where everything is about them.
There’s nothing wrong with celebrating your birthday, but to celebrate it by giving? Priceless.
According to Brooklyn’s mom, Traci, Dopson played along with the girl’s plans perfectly.
“When he came down our street, she ran to the corner. We were waving like usual and I motioned for him to come over by us. He pulled over, got out and gave us his BIG smile. Brooklyn was instantly speechless as she handed him the cupcake.”
Brooklyn was awed into silence by the long-awaited meeting with her Thursday hero. On the drive to daycare she was oddly quiet, and her concerned mother asked her if she was okay.
Her answer? “Mommy I’m so happy.”
But it didn’t end there. Oh no. Not one to let such a sweet gesture go unrequited, Dopson had a plan that he had to wait six months to act on.
Brooklyn’s birthday was in April. Dopson’s was in October. So when October rolled around, Dopson rolled with it and brought a surprise of his own for his biggest little fan.
Dopson stopped on his route to share cupcakes with Brooklyn and her little brother Ty. But he upped the ante, he brought them presents, too! Brooklyn got an Elsa doll and Ty got a baseball tee.
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