Kids are born with an inquisitive mind and they are easily fascinated by the big trucks aka garbage trucks. So when the orange garbage truck stops by 2-year-old Evan Brenneman’s home at Plainfield, Ind., every week, he can’t help go near it and to the point that he’s even made friends with the driver.
One day while he was waiting to greet Ray’s Trash Service driver James Bullock from his home, he was treated to a sweet surprise which included a full backpack including a T-shirt, beanie, stickers and a miniature orange trash truck.
“Now you are an official Ray’s employee,” Bullock said while pulling out the backpack from the truck. Evan was left speechless and thanked Bullock for the gift.
Evan’s mom Natalie Brenneman said he always liked playing with anything on wheels from the time he was 9 months old. His love for vehicles led to him and Natalie waiting on their porch to greet the trash truck every week.
Natalie says, “We can hear it coming down the road, so he would run to the window and watch it,” Natalie Brenneman said. “Oh my gosh, my heart bursts every time. I know he’s in the middle of his workday and probably wants to get it done quickly, but he stops and talks to Evan. He always gets down on his level, looks him in the eye, gives him a hug, offers him a high-five.”
This led to Evan wanting to meet the driver, and one day James offered him a chance to see the truck. Evan has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder which makes him think that he is hungry all the time. The trash company even sponsored the family’s annual walk for them to raise awareness and funding for PWS research.
The bid between three year old Evan and Bullock has grown so strong that he was even invited to join them for an early birthday celebration for Evan, but Natalie says Evan was slightly disappointed that Bullock did not bring the garbage truck along to the party!