A two-year-old truck lover received a heartwarming Christmas present from his bin-men ‘heroes.’
Their kind gesture made little Owain Pinches’ week.
The tot has been watching them carry out their collections through his living room window in Wrexham, Wales.
Local refuse collectors, Rich, Kyle and Adam, who have struck up a friendship with Owain, decided to put on a Christmas surprise for their number one fan.
The toddler usually runs out of the house to see them every week and helps them throw his recycling away every Tuesday, reports North Wales Live.
However, during their rounds this week, he was greeted with a gift of his very own mini recycling lorry.
It came after Owain’s parents, Rosanna Jones and Alistair Pinches bought the crew a keyring each as a Christmas gift for their hard work this year – and they were delighted to find they had returned the favour for their son.
Rosanna posted the story on social media to thank the three men in a post that touched people’s hearts.
The 29-year-old wrote: “We would really appreciate it if you could share our thanks to the recycling men of Summerhill.
“This morning (Tuesday) we had a knock on the door with a gift for our son from them.
“Our son goes out every Tuesday since he could walk to greet them with smiles and to help out.
“It is a big part of his week. We couldn’t be more delighted and grateful for all their hard work especially this year! And for always welcoming our son.
“Thank you so much again! We have one very happy boy this morning and they are truly his heroes every week!”
Owain hurriedly put on his shoes at the same time each week when he hears the bin lorry reversing into their street.
His mum, Rosanna, said each week after Owain helps put the recycling in the lorry, they beep their horn and wave goodbye.
She said: “As soon as he hears their truck reversing up the cul-de-sac, he opens the door, puts his shoes on and is gone before I can get my shoes on.
“He runs up to the gentlemen and greets them with smiles and says hello.
“He even takes his own truck toys to show them.
“It is always the same three gentlemen, they have a great relationship.”
She added: “Owain has a massive passion and love for anything that makes loud noises – especially trucks, lorries, cars, buses.
“He started showing an interest in the bin lorry and the gentlemen from the minute he could see through the window.
“He would stand on the window bay and wave to them every week before he could walk, and they would always wave back.
“As he got older and started to walk and open doors, he would stand on the doorway and wave to them.
Rosanna said the family were “in shock” after receiving the gift, and “didn’t expect it.”
“Owain was ecstatic,” she said.
“He was able to say thank you, and was so excited to see what he had.
“We have always made the effort especially this year to get them gifts and thank you presents.”
She added: “I work for the NHS myself and know what it’s like to be on the front line and keep working through.
“They are the key workers of our town and work really hard.
“I want to thank them on behalf of my family and Wrexham for being not only my son’s heroes, but everyone else’s too.”