Dylan Johnson, a boy with autism from Chesterfield County, Virginia, has a passion for vacuum cleaners which led his mother, Jodie, to try to give her son the surprise of a lifetime for his 14th birthday. Jodie wrote the following letter to Kirby Vaccuums...
I am reaching out to you in hopes for an answer to an unusual request for my son who is autistic. He has always been obsessed with vacuum cleaners. His favorite is the Kirby. He spends hours every day watching videos on his tablet about different Kirby’s. When he isn’t watching videos about them, he is talking about them. I really would LOVE to get a demo done for him for his birthday. In fact, I am even getting him a cake made that looks like a Kirby vacuum. I am writing to you in hopes that you can get me in touch with a way to get him this demo. I want to be clear that I do not intend on purchasing a Kirby. I was hoping that I could pay a flat fee or thought that maybe if you have salesmen in training that needs to get in practice demos for training purposes. I do not want anything free, but as the mother of a special needs child, it is so hard to find things to make my son happy. I know that having this demo done would just be so awesome, and it would warm my heart to see him so excited to experience that.
Kirby Vacuums responded by getting one of their veteran vacuum salesman in Al Archie to drive down from Cleveland to not only attend Dylan’s birthday, but to do a vacuum demonstration at the party. In the end, Dylan ended his birthday with another surprise from Archie when he was presented with his own Kirby vacuum cleaner.
Jodie said of the gesture, “There was not a dry eye in the house. I’m going to have the cleanest carpets in Chesterfield County.”