Little girl, garbage man’s friendship goes viral

Image courtesy City of Bloomington via Facebook

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It is definitely the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

A little girl and a garbage man shared a moment of kindness that her mother caught on camera. The City of Bloomington, Illinois, put up a post with the mother’s story about the friendship on its official Facebook page and the beautiful smiles of the two are now going viral nationwide.

Brooklyn lives in Bloomington and always waved at the garbage man when his truck stopped by the house on Thursdays. The driver would honk and wave right back with a big smile. Every time she missed him driving by, her mom would follow the truck in the neighborhood to make sure they exchanged waves.

Finally, one Thursday, just on time for her birthday Brooklyn got to meet the man. She made a little gift for him – a cupcake that she wrapped herself. She waited near the home with her mom to meet him.

When the garbage truck driver saw them he got out and introduced himself. The girl was speechless, her mom said in the Facebook post:

Brooklyn was instantly speechless as she handed him the cupcake. I explained to him that he makes our day every Thursday, and we really appreciate the honking and waving, and how special of a day it is for us. Then… (melt my heart)… he explained that he looks forward to seeing us every Thursday as well. He said that he has a meeting every Thursday morning and always tries to get out of there in a hurry so that he can make sure to see us every week. He said he doesn’t have any kids of his own, but he mentors several children and just loves them. I can’t believe that I never got his name, so for now he will continue to be “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man”.

The man got back into his truck and the mother and daughter went on with their day. Brooklyn was very quiet in the car on the way to the daycare, and when her mom asked her if she was OK she said, “Mommy, I’m so happy.”

The mother of the girl thanked their “favorite awesome smiley garbage man” in the post.

When the city posted the story about this moment of kindness on their Facebook page, they said that the smiley garbage man is Delvar D. The city thanked him for his kindness and his service to the city.

The post has been shared almost 4,000 times.

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