Autism Speaks received an email from Robin Newberger about a very special gift her 5-year-old son Daniel recieved from their trash collector, Manuel Sanchez. The video Robin filmed of the event titled "The Gift" is going viral and Manuel's good deed is going to be recognized by his employer, E.J. Harrison & Sons. Below is the Facebook message Robin 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."