OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT) - It's a thankless job, really. Sanitation workers spend their days surrounded by trash just to help keep our lives clean.
Tuesdays are garbage pick-up days for the Ready family in their Owens Cross Roads subdivision and Cameron Ready knows it.
"When I hear it, I always go outside and watch it," he said of the garbage truck.
Like many little boys, Cameron loves all trucks. On his fifth birthday, he spent that April afternoon waiting to see one of his favorites.
"I like to see them dump the garbage," he said.
Kevin Fears was working the truck in their neighborhood that day. He saw the bright-eyed boy gleefully waiting at the curb.
"That particular day Cameron went out and that sweet man just asked if you would like to help dump our can and Cameron was thrilled." said Cameron's mom, Susan Ready.
The five-year-old eagerly hopped into the truck, honked the horn and picked up his family's trash can.
What the Ready family didn't know is that Tuesday also happened to be Kevin's birthday.
"Sometimes I think things go beyond coincidence," said Susan.
Cameron and Kevin then shared one of the best birthday gifts, kindness.
"I know that's a thankless job and so I'm grateful for what he does and all of the other sanitation workers for our community," she said. "I just thought it was so special he took time out of his day to do that to thrill a little boy, so I give my heartfelt thanks right back to him."
We reached out to Kevin so he could also share his story. He is a member of a gospel singing group called the "Alliance Quartet." The group is performing Friday night at "First Friday" in Gadsden and he could not squeeze in time for an interview. He did tell us to thank Cameron and his family for their positive feedback.