By Sherry Huang
January 21, 2015

We love this heartwarming story about Dylan Johnson, a teen with autism who recently celebrated his 14th birthday -- and got an unforgettable surprise.

Dylan has loved vacuums since he was 2-years-old, when he was first diagnosed with autism. He even dressed as a vacuum salesman for Halloween one year. Because of Dylan's obsession (which is a common symptom in kids with autism) his mom, Jodie Greene, planned a vacuum-themed birthday.

Kirby Company representatives responded to Greene's request and, within two weeks, arranged for a salesman to travel from Ohio to Virginia (where Dylan lives). The salesman, Al Archie, arrived at the birthday party to give a 30-45 minute demo of a new vacuum and its different attachments.

But the ultimate surprise came after the demo -- when Archie presented Dylan with the new vacuum as a birthday gift. "Right after they finished shampooing, [Archie] said, 'This is your vacuum, you get to keep it. We all just started crying. We had no idea that that was going to happen," Greene told TODAY. What's even more amazing about the story: Archie actually paid for the vacuum himself. Needless to say, Dylan shared the vacuum was "the best birthday present ever."

In addition, the Kirby Company provided Dylan with a birthday gift that included a t-shirt, hat, and soccer ball branded with their logo. His mom also added, "As corny as it sounds, it was magical because I didn't think it would happen, and I got to see Dylan smile and be happy."

Image: Photo of Dylan Johnson, Jodie Green, and Al Archie via the ABC 8 News Twitter account


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