Nothing like the New Year to jump-start a good deed. In this case, two sanitation workers paid it forward before the end of 2016 and in a major way.
Brandon Olsen and Taylor Fritz of Hometown Sanitation left gifts for three sisters who wave to them each Thursday after learning that one of them, 3-year-old Rose, had been fighting cancer. In addition, the men also gave their parents free garbage service for one year.
"When they did that, it was a few weeks out from the diagnosis when every day just felt so impossible," said Rose's mother, Angie Evenson, of Blue Earth, Minnesota to Good Morning America. "Nothing in reality changes Rose's diagnosis, but it's those little acts of kindness. What they did made us feel like we are truly not alone in this fight." They also told GMA that the girls' smiling faces are what they look forward to while working, so much so that the two men even left Halloween candy for the girls this year to show their appreciation.
After Halloween, Evenson wrote Olsen and Fritz a note explaining that little Rose wouldn’t be able to wave to them for a while since she'd be undergoing chemotherapy. Rose had been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in September.
"As a father of three, it changed my outlook on things," Olsen said. "It opened my eyes ... you don't know what someone else is going through."
Rose is being treated at Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She will miss a few more Thursdays waving to her garbagemen, but her chemo sessions are soon switching to Mondays and she'll be back in the window early next year, her mother said.