Reaching 100 years old is certainly a cause for celebration with family and friends but one woman from England was also surprised by her trash collector who wanted to honor this special lady on her big day.
The friendship between garbage collector Ben Bird and his 100-year-old customer Dorothy Ballard went viral when it first hit the headlines in 2019.
Dorothy Ballard, who is known as Mercy, is looking forward to any chance of being around people and that is why she enjoys the company of the garbage collector Ben who picks her trash at her home in Kidderminster, England once a week.
Although they chat for like 10 minutes only, the two became very close friends over the years. In one occasion, Ben told Mercy how he would bring her a cake on her 100th birthday. And a great man he is, Ben kept the promise.
The big-hearted bin man had promised his favorite customer: “Live to be 100 and I’ll bring you a cake for your big birthday.”
So when Mercy received her telegram from the Queen, as all UK residents do when they reach 100 years old, Ben showed up with a cake and candles to mark her special day.
A video of him walking up to her front door shielding the candles and then singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Mercy went viral.
Ben calls out to the great grandmother before singing ‘Happy Birthday to you’ along with two colleagues and then asks her to make a wish before blowing out her candles.
Thousands have commented on the video saying they hope their friendship continues.
“Restores your faith in humanity,” one person tweeted.
“Lovely story, may your friendship continue for years to come Mercy and Ben,” wrote another.
Mercy and Ben are friendship goals! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/khZjUCh60G
— This Morning (@thismorning) August 13, 2019
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