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Binman's Surprise Gift For Autistic Boy

18/02/2014 16:40 | Updated 20 May 2015

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A touching video of the moment a binman surprised an autistic boy by giving him a toy truck has become an internet hit.

The five-year-old boy, called Daniel, is so fascinated with garbage trucks that his mum films them on rubbish collection days so he can look at them later.

Word of his interest spread and touched a binman called Manuel so much, he decided to surprise the child. What happened next was captured on video by Daniel's mum.

In the film, Daniel can be seen running down the family's front path in California, excited by the weekly visit. He points as Manuel steps down from the cab as his parents stand near him.

Manuel then comes through the family's front yard and hands Daniel a bright orange bag.

Daniel walks up to Manuel and takes the bag from him before peeking inside to see the green truck - he puts the bag down on the path to momentarily consider the unexpected present inside.

Daniel's mum posted the video on Facebook with the message: "One man, one moment, touching the life of an autistic child. Our hearts are overflowing. There are already many who have watched this video who don't know us.

"Our son, Daniel, is 5. He has autism. What started out as a fear has turned into a fascination.

"I showed him a YouTube video of a garbage truck a couple of years ago and he's been obsessed ever since. Like many children on the autism spectrum, this has become a ritual for him.

"He loves the predictable movement of the hoist and is excited by the entire spectacle. 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 synchronises his hand movements with the truck. We have so many 'Trash Day' videos, but this one is like no other."

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