Vacuum Salesman Gives Autistic Boy Birthday Gift of a Lifetime (VIDEO)

dylan johnson autism vacuum cleanerGet ready for your daily dose of tears, because this story is sure to start a little happy cry. Dylan Johnson, 14, has always loved vacuum cleaners. From the time he was 2 years old, the Virginia boy has loved the machines. And after his autism diagnosis, the obsession has grown, and for his recent birthday, he was surprised by a real-life vacuum salesman.


Dylan's mom, Jodie, sent an email to the Kirby Company, a Cleveland-based vacuum manufacturer:

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.

And boy, did they respond. In fact, they sent Dylan a soccer ball, a shirt, and a salesman even traveled to Dylan's home to do an in-person demonstration at the birthday party.

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But when the presentation finished, Dylan got the best present of all: a vacuum cleaner. "There was not a dry eye in the house," Dylan's mom told WTVR in Cleveland.

And we don't doubt that for a second.

What do you think of Dylan's birthday party?


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