When he was just 4 years old, Dylan’s parents knew that he wasn’t like other boys. He didn’t appreciate playing with traditional toys, or running around outside – Dylan loved to clean! In particular, he loved to vacuum the carpets in his childhood home. For Halloween that year, he didn’t want to be a superhero or a spooky creature – he wanted to be a vacuum salesman. His parents obliged (and I’m so glad they took this adorable photograph!) and said that he has never lost his passion for the vacuum cleaner.
For his 14th birthday, Dylan’s mother wrote a letter to his favorite vacuum cleaner manufacturer asking if they might be able to send a representative out to his party and perform a demonstration. She didn’t want anything for free, and she was willing to pay for the representative’s time.
I am reaching out to you in hopes for an answer to an unusual request for my son who is autistic. He has always been obsessed with vacuum cleaners. His favorite is the Kirby. He spends hours every day watching videos on his tablet about different Kirby’s. When he isn’t watching videos about them, he is talking about them. I really would LOVE to get a demo done for him for his birthday.
In fact, I am even getting him a cake made that looks like a Kirby vacuum. I am writing to you in hopes that you can get me in touch with a way to get him this demo. I want to be clear that I do not intend on purchasing a Kirby. I was hoping that I could pay a flat fee or thought that maybe if you have salesmen in training that needs to get in practice demos for training purposes.
I do not want anything free, but as the mother of a special needs child, it is so hard to find things to make my son happy. I know that having this demo done would just be so awesome, and it would warm my heart to see him so excited to experience that.
The company came through and sent Al Archie, one of their salesman, to Dylan’s home, bringing with him a Kirby soccer ball, a Kirby hat, and a Kirby T-Shirt. Dylan was ecstatic! He knew everything about the vacuum during the demonstration, but he was thrilled to be getting all of the information first-hand!
He knew more about the Kirby than I did,” Archie said. “I have never experienced anything like that.”
At the end of the demonstration, Archie gave Dylan the best present of all – a brand new Kirby vacuum! Dylan had the most wonderful birthday, and his mother says that her floors will never be dirty again!
Dylan has a promising future as a vacuum salesman, and I’m so glad that his birthday was unforgettable!
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