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Video: Boy With Autism Gets Heartwarming Visit From Trash Collector

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Well, this might just warm the cockles of your heart. Daniel Mulligan, a 5-year-old Ojai boy with autism, loves garbage trucks and waits every week outside his home for it to roll by. However, in this video posted online last week, the boy got a special gift from his weekly trash collector—and it was pretty damn heartwarming.

Manuel Sanchez, who finds his weekly meet-ups with Mulligan to be special, brought a bag with a toy garbage truck inside for Mulligan on this particular weekly garbage route, according to the Ventura County Star. He purchased it while he was out with his wife at Toys 'R Us.

Mulligan's mother, Robin Newberger posted the video on her Facebook page (via, with this caption about her son:

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.