The Minnesota men's adorable friendship with a neighborhood family led to an inspiring gesture when they learned of the young daughter's cancer diagnosis.
Angie Evenson has three young daughters—5-year-old Grace, 3-year-old Rose, and 2-year-old Sophia—who look forward to waving to neighborhood garbage men Brandon Olsen and Taylor Fritz every week when they pick up the family's trash.
"We wait and we look for them," Olsen told CBS 4 in Minnesota. "For us, it makes our day."
Too cute! But in October, after Olsen and Fritz surprised the girls by bringing them some candy for Halloween, they received a thank-you note back from Angie that contained some pretty devastating news—her middle daughter, Rose, had been diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer that had spread to her lungs.
"We may miss you some Thursdays upcoming," Angie wrote. "Our 3-year-old girl was diagnosed with cancer and has chemo on Thursdays."
So heartbreaking! Angie had decided to share the diagnosis with the men in case the girls weren't around to wave to them one day. In response, Olsen and Fritz handed the mom-of-three their own letter, courtesy of their employer, Hometown Sanitation Services.
"We just wanted to take a second to send our best wishes as you go through this difficult time," the letter began. "Please accept our gift of free garbage service for you through the end of 2017. We know that expenses will add up as you make trips for this needed treatment, and hope that not having this one bill to deal with helps, even if just a little."
"As parents ourselves, we can only imagine what this is like for you," the note continued. "We want to wish you the best of luck as you fight on and battle through. Stay strong, fight hard, stick together."
Amazing words. And when Angie read them, she was immediately moved to tears.
"Sometimes it's hard to be positive, but little things like what Hometown did are helping us limp along," she explained to CBS. "What they did made us feel like we were not alone."
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Such amazing people... and an important reminder that a little act of kindness can go a long, long way. Prayers all around for this beautiful family. If you'd like to help, please visit the Evenson's GoFundMe page.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.