Many young people fall in love with local employees. Some choose to be firefighters. Others will see a policeman. But for Brooklyn of Bloomington, Illinois, it was garbage collector Delvar Deshawn Dopson. She would wait daily by the window for him to come by with his truck and remove the rubbish.

Every Thursday, Dopson used to make his rounds. When Brooklyn spotted him, she would wave and say “hello.” He always returned the gesture and grinned in response. The young girl was always a bright spot in his day, so he was even more taken aback when she decided to give him a gift on her birthday.

Traci Andracke, Brooklyn’s mother, understood how much Dopson meant to her child and occasionally took her around the block if they missed his visit at their house. Andracke referred to Dopson as “Brooklyn’s favorite great happy garbage man” in an interview with The Huffington Post.

In order to thank the garbage collector for all of his hard work, Brooklyn’s one and only birthday wish at the age of three was to give him one of her unique cupcakes. The young child made up her mind that she would want to present Dopson with a beautiful fairy cupcake as a surprise.

Brooklyn’s mother posted the heartfelt scene to Facebook. She recalled calling Dopson over and seeing him come down the street waving as usual. As soon as he exited his truck, Brooklyn began to feel awkward and offered him the cupcake she had been holding for him.

This ultimately led to the family and their garbage man starting a new tradition, and they have been sharing lovely memories ever since.

Andracke took the time to convey to Dopson how delighted her daughter is by his weekly visits, and he was moved to say that he also really anticipates seeing them every Thursday.

Brooklyn was over the moon on April 7, 2016, when she was able to give Dopson a cupcake in honor of her birthday. As a mother, Andracke remarked, “I can’t even express how happy it made me that she got to finally meet him. She was utterly speechless due to starstruckness. She needed me to do all of the speaking. Additionally, she rarely lacks for words.

Brooklyn, however, turned to her mother after Dopson left and said, “Mommy, I’m very thrilled.” Although the experience was brief, it created a lasting impression.

Dopson made the decision to repay the favor six months later by surprised Brooklyn and her brother Ty on his birthday with cupcakes and gifts. The custom has now persisted, and Dopson and Brooklyn’s family have no plans to stop. The family is appreciative of their new buddy, whom they have met as a result of their daughter’s kind act.

Andracke gushed about how “blown away” she was by the positive response to Brooklyn and Dopson’s adorable encounter. She uttered:

“I’d like people to keep in mind that making a modest gesture—like honking, waving, or smiling—doesn’t require much effort. Do it now. Give someone a helpful hand or a smile for a while longer. You never know who will be touched by that grin and how much it might make their day.

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