Three young girls in Blue Earth, Minn., formed a bond with their local garbage men that turned into something much greater.
Every week the Evenson girls Grace, Rose and Sophia, would rush to their window when they hear the garbage truck come. They’ve been it for about a year. Brandon Olsen and Taylor Fritz, the garbage men with Hometown Sanitation, would wave back to the girls.
But then doctors diagnosed 3-year-old Rose with stage 4 kidney cancer in September. Rose’s mother wrote a little note to the workers saying they would miss the ritual since chemo treatments would take place at the same time as the regular pickups.
Olsen and Fritz decided to trade in the free service they got as employees of the company, Hometown Sanitation, to give the family free service through the end of 2017.
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“I started crying, it was only a few weeks out from the diagnosis. Sometimes it’s hard to be positive but little things like what Hometown did are helping us limp along,” Angie Evenson said.
“It really brightened our day just to find that and just that they cared,” dad Aaron Evenson said.
“It’s hard to put words to it other than — and thank you seems so insufficient,” Angie Evenson said.
On this collection day, the guys made another delivery: Christmas gifts for the girls and their baby brother Lincoln. Making the most of a visit where all the girls were home.
“We miss them when they’re gone but we make up for it when they’re back,” Fritz said.