Vacuum salesman invited to birthday for child with autism, what he does moves the room to tears

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(From WTVR)

(From WTVR)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Since Dylan Green was 2 years old, he has had a passion for vacuum cleaners.

Dylan, who has autism, was never into “normal” toys, his mother Jodie told WTVR.

The middle school student turned 14 over the weekend and celebrated his birthday with a party that included close friends, family and a vacuum salesman.

In an effort to help make her son's birthday special, Dylan's mother sent an email to the Kirby Company, the Cleveland-based makers of the Kirby vacuum.

"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."

The company received Jodie's email and made her son's birthday dream come true.

In addition to sending Dylan a soccer ball, a hat and a T-shirt with the Kirby logo, a Kirby salesman traveled from Fredericksburg to Chesterfield to perform a vacuum demonstration at the party.


Credit: WTVR (via Jodie Greene)

"He knew more about the Kirby than I did," an obviously impressed Al Archie said. "I have never experienced anything like that."

Archie, who has been selling vacuums for Kirby for 25 years, said he was moved by Dylan's knowledge and was taken aback by photos of a much younger Dylan dressed up as a vacuum salesman.

"I imagine it was like a sports fan meeting one of his idols, like Michael Jordan," Archie said.

Archie also had a surprise for Dylan.

"At the end of the demonstration [he] gave my son a brand new Kirby vacuum," Jodie Greene said. "There was not a dry eye in the house."


Credit: WTVR (via Jodie Greene)

Kirby vacuums are not a cheap, but Archie said he decided to get one for Dylan as a way to celebrate the child's passion.

"I planned I wanted to do something for him," Archie said. "[It was] an opportunity to give something back."

Jodie Greene said her son has been over the moon ever since his birthday surprise.

"I'm going to have the cleanest carpets in Chesterfield County," she joked.

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  • SweetLife

    What a beautiful story. Mr. Archie is a kind soul…what a thoughtful and loving thing he did…he’s got a heart of gold. What a wonderful family as well😊

    • frank stevy

      Paul Maggard said ” I am sure the Company probably gave the kid the vacuum not the sales man ” I sincerely doubt that , they threatened me with a frivolous Law Suit for trying to tell me what I could or could not sell my totally owned and paid for Demo Unit for less that retail cost .They hate eBay and the righteous cost of ‘ what Kirby’s are really worth’ @ $1600 + financing , they are a pyramid level sales company that charges 5 times what it really cost to manufacture ( with a profit ) . They are well made , do not get me wrong , just highly overpriced to pay numerous commissions through the sales levels . Truly a dinosaur in todays world , this guy was a prince , the people in Ohio however are ruthless .


    AMAZING!!! That man did a wonderful thing!! Kirby should not charge him for that!! The company itself was very amazing in helping this family as well!!

  • Sim

    This is an amazing story. Price of the vacuum cleaner to the company, the salesman, profits and what not that need to be made is besides the point. This is an amazing gesture and perhaps if a bit more of the people out there made gestures like this the world would be an amazing place to live.

  • Meg

    Thank you for using people first language! The more news outlets say “people with (insert disability)” the easier it will be for the general public to begin using this terminology. People are people first; they are not solely their disability. Thank you again!