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POSTED 10:41 AM, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017, BY TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE
COWETA, Okla. — An Oklahoma woman was left crying “in the middle of Target” after a stranger pulled $20 out of his wallet to help purchase a toy for her son.
Alyssa Hacker was waiting on “Grammi” inside Target when her young son grabbed three dinosaur toys.
“We were trying to pick out which one he wanted when Owen abruptly yelled ‘Hi’ at this older man walking past us,” Hacker wrote in a Facebook post. “He turned around and said, ‘hey sweet boy.’”
As Owen continued to play with the toys, the man got $20 out of his wallet, put it in the little boy’s shirt pocket and said, “I just lost my 2-year-old grandson last week. You take this money and buy this boy all three dinosaurs.”
He then rubbed Owen’s back, wiped away his tears and walked off.
“You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into middle school, you are about to see just how much weight your words carry. You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander and wound others. You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire and love others. You will occasionally make the wrong choice; I can think of three times this week I have used my own words carelessly and caused harm. Just like this toothpaste, once the words leave your mouth, you can’t take them back. Use your words carefully, Breonna. When others are misusing their words, guard your words. Make the choice every morning that life-giving words will come out of your mouth. Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in middle school. Be known for your gentleness and compassion. Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it. You will never, ever regret choosing kindness.”
“Mommy I’m so happy.”
That’s what Brooklyn told her mom the other day when she finally got to meet Delvar.
Delvar drives a garbage truck in Bloomington, Illinois
And Brooklyn waits for him every Thursday.
She’d never actually met him until earlier this month.
On her birthday she wanted to give him a cupcake.
So they waited outside.
And when Delvar came by he stopped he pulled over.
This is what Brooklyn’s mom posted about what happened next.
I guarantee it will make you smile:
HOLY COW… BEST MORNING EVER for Brooklyn (and me).
What a start to her birthday.
Thursdays are by far her favorite day… garbage day.
For about a year now, Brooklyn has anxiously awaited the garbage truck’s arrival at our house.
It started with waving from the window, then we had to try and be outside to wave, and when we missed the truck driving by the house, I’d drive around the neighborhood to find the garbage truck and wave… on our way out the door in the mornings.
Every… Thursday, my heart is full when I see the joy that our amazing garbage man brings Brooklyn when he honks and waves at her with a BIG smile.
And today, we finally got to meet him!!!
Brooklyn and I wrapped up one of her birthday cupcakes and waited for him.
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.
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”.
After he left, we continued onto daycare.
Brooklyn was unusually quiet in the backseat.
I asked her if she was okay, and she said “Mommy I’m so happy.”
So… to “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man”…
Thank you for the joy that you bring Brooklyn every Thursday morning, for making her birthday special, and for making my heart happy.
It may be a little thing that you do, but it means so much to us!”
Thanks, Delvar, for your kindness and your service to the City!
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Thanks to April Scott for telling me about this story.