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SEE IT: Boy with autism gets surprise gift from favorite garbage man

Posted at 7:21 PM, Feb 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-19 19:26:39-05
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Daniel Mulligan, a 5-year-old autistic boy with a love of garbage trucks, got a special surprise that was caught on video. (Credit: Robin Newberger via The Gift)

OJAI, California (PIX11/KTLA) – A 5-year-old Ojai boy with autism who has a love of garbage trucks was treated to a surprise gift during the regular trash pickup at his home, and a video of the sweet scene has gone viral.

As his mother recorded the boy’s excitement at the aqua-green trash truck’s visit last week, the driver got out and asked permission to give something to the boy.
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Daniel Mulligan, a 5-year-old autistic boy with a love of garbage trucks, got a special surprise that was caught on video. (Credit: Robin Newberger via The Gift)

“Can I give a present to him?” said the driver, identified as Manuel Sanchez.

Sanchez then brought out a bag as the boy, 5-year-old Daniel Mulligan, watched.

“He wants to give you something — a present,” mom Robin Newberger said.

Inside the large bag that Sanchez handed to Daniel was a plastic truck.

“You’re not going to believe it, but he had one like this and it broke,” Newberger said.

Quietly, Daniel said, “Thank you.”

The 96-second video was sent to the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, which in turn shared it on Facebook on Feb. 12. By Monday, it had been viewed more than 676,000 times on YouTube.

Story via KTLA.