Anyone with kids knows the garbage truck guys are pretty much the coolest people ever – after all, they get to ride on the back of the truck. How awesome is that?
Every Thursday, Rosie Evenson and her two other sisters look forward to waving from their window when their local garbage collectors, Brandon Olsen and Taylor Fritz.
But then, one Thursday, instead of receiving warm smiles and waves, Brandon and Taylor found a note from the girl’s mother, Angie Evenson. Their favorite family had moved across town – but that was far from the worst news in the letter.
The note also explained that the family might not be around every Thursday to greet them at the new house, because they had to be at cancer treatments for 3-year-old Rosie. She had been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer.
“But keep looking for us even though sometimes we will be gone.”
Olsen explained to Today Parents that, “This family forever changed my life — I read the note and was in near tears.”
“Being a father, it’s scary to think, ‘What if it were me in that situation?'”
The two men decided they wanted to do more than just wave and give a kind gesture from here on out.
Knowing the treatments are not only expensive but emotionally draining, both men asked their boss if they could donate their own free trash pick-up service, which is something employees get as a perk. It wasn’t much, they said, but at least it’d be one less thing the family had to deal with for a year.
Mike Johnson, the general manger of Hometown Station said, “When Brandon and Taylor approached me with the letter that Angie had written and asked if they could donate their free service, I was immediately touched and wondered what we as a company could do to help.”
“We realize it’s just a little bill…but not having to worry about that one thing — we just thought that it might be helpful.”
The gift was given to the family along with this company message:
“As parents ourselves, we can only imagine what this is like for you. We want to wish you the best of luck as you fight on and battle through…stay strong, fight hard, stick together.”
While the monetary amount was relatively small, the thoughtfulness and love behind the gesture is priceless. Knowing someone cares and that people are looking out for you in the tough times is what it’s all about.