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iN VIDEO: Okanagan boy gains support of garbage company as he turns 13 amid global pandemic

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An Okanagan neighbourhood observed a unique parade of garbage trucks Monday morning acknowledging the 13th birthday of a community-minded citizen.

A boy named Brennan, from Lake Country, has a rare condition called Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome, and he's passionate about recycling, garbage and compost. 

"He loves to help out during community clean up events and looks forward to taking out the garbage and recycling bins for his household for pick up every Monday morning. He usually takes the neighbours’ bins to the street as well. He helps out with recycling at school; and he often can be seen walking with his school CEA along the street in front of George Elliot Secondary School returning the emptied recycling and waste bins to the homes," according to a District of Lake Country news release.

Brennan’s younger sister Alandra, nine, has been planning a garbage/recycling-themed birthday party for their family to celebrate his milestone birthday and his mom contacted the district to find out if there was a way that the garbage truck driver might be able to acknowledge the day, according to the release.

The District of Lake Country and waste collection contractor e360 Solutions Ltd. made special arrangements for a parade of garbage trucks to drive by Brennan’s home honking and waving. Then the regular collection truck for his street stopped and the driver presented Brennan with a water canteen, hat and hi-vis shirt. Brennan also got the chance to sit in the waste collection truck and learn how the controls and systems operate. 

"The surprise and smile on Brennan’s face lit up the whole neighbourhood," according to the news release.

April is usually designated as Community Clean Up month, but with the COVID-19 pandemic the Regional Waste Reduction Office is not able to host any community events, but that's not stopping residents from sharing their initiatives through social media.

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