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Boy with Autism Has Best Birthday Ever Thanks to Vacuum Salesman

WTVR (via Jodie Green)

The Short of It

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Green has autism. About the only thing that truly excites him is, believe it or not, vacuum cleaners. So for his birthday, Dylan's mom came up with an imaginative way to make him happy. She invited a Kirby vacuum salesman to perform a demonstration at his party. What happened next made every guest cry tears of joy.

The Lowdown

Jodie Green sent the following email to the Kirby vacuum company:

I am reaching out to you in hopes for an answer to an unusual request for my son who is autistic. He has always been obsessed with vacuum cleaners. His favorite is the Kirby. He spends hours every day watching videos on his tablet about different Kirby's. When he isn't watching videos about them, he is talking about them. I really would LOVE to get a demo done for him for his birthday. In fact, I am even getting him a cake made that looks like a Kirby vacuum. I am writing to you in hopes that you can get me in touch with a way to get him this demo. I want to be clear that I do not intend on purchasing a Kirby. I was hoping that I could pay a flat fee or thought that maybe if you have salesmen in training that needs to get in practice demos for training purposes. I do not want anything free, but as the mother of a special needs child, it is so hard to find things to make my son happy. I know that having this demo done would just be so awesome, and it would warm my heart to see him so excited to experience that.

Well, the company did more than just send a salesman to perform a demonstration at the party. Salesman Al Archie gave Dylan his very own vacuum. Apparently, the middle schooler's reaction to the present moved the room to tears.

The Upshot

Archie has more than 25 years of experience selling vacuums, but he says Dylan knew more about the Kirby than he did!

Here's hoping more companies will do things like this because helping just one child with autism, or any special need, can mean so much to the family—as it clearly did for the Greens.

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