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Little Penticton girl and garbage man form heartwarming friendship

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Every Thursday morning, 3-and-a-half-year-old Rylee Petersen from Penticton looks forward to waving at her local garbage man and watching him collect the waste.

“She just really loves him, he's always waving and honking at her,” Rylee’s mother Christy Petersen said.

“She always knows which colour bins go out each week, and helps bring them out and back in.”

But Rylee couldn’t be watching out of her window, July 28, because Christy had to work.

So the young girl came up with the idea to draw a picture for the garbage man.

Christy added some text to it – “Hi Garbage Man! Have a great day (smiley face).”

Rylee and Christy Petersen
Rylee and Christy Petersen
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Later in the day, the family checked their surveillance footage, and noticed the garbage man stopped and got out of his truck to go look at the sign the Petersen’s taped to their window.

“We were nearly in tears ‘cause it was just really thoughtful,” Christy said.

Rylee watched the video and was happy to see the sign being appreciated. She tried saying hello to the Garbage Man, assuming the video was live.

Then he posted to social media.

“This is usually a little girl probably around four years old,” reads the post by Jeffry Adams, which included a photo of the sign.

“Every Thursday morning when I pull up in my garbage truck, she’s in that window waving at me. For whatever reason she wasn’t there today but she left me this. You made my day little one (smiley face).”

The post garnered attention quickly and it wasn’t long before Christy stumbled upon it.

“It made my heart melt,” she said.

“Every Thursday will be that much more special now.”

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Adams knew something was amiss when Rylee wasn’t at the window yesterday.

“Every single week she’s there with her big, big smile,” said Adams. “I looked and I didn’t see her, I was waiting and waiting.”

When he noticed the sign in the window, he got out to take a closer look.

“It made my day that she would think about me when she’s not there.”

Penticton garbage man Jeffry Adams
Penticton garbage man Jeffry Adams
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