Carter Gomes might only be seven years old but he is clear on what he wants to be when he grows up. The second grader has been battling Leukemia since the age of three, and still, he has been spending his Tuesday evening carrying out his neighbors’ garbage cans in Turlock, California. While he is certainly not a garbage man yet, this is probably the closest a seven-year-old could be to being one.
His father Walt Gomez told USA Today that during COVID, the little boy would wake them up every Wednesday at 6:30 in the morning in order to stand in front of the window and wait for the garbage truck to arrive.
He loves the idea of being a garbage man so much that he has so far had three birthday parties with that theme – he even dressed up as a garbage truck on Halloween! His mother, Elsa Gomez, has noted that in their home they have more garbage trucks and cans than they could probably count.
Even more excitingly though, Carter’s wish is about to come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and his community. He has now gotten the chance to sit in the passenger seat of a Turlock Scavenger collection truck, fulfilling his wish of being a garbage man for a day.
We were so honored to be part of Osborn TWIA 2nd grader Carter Gomes’s wish of being a Garbage Collector! Thank you to the City of Turlock, Turlock Scavenger, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and all who helped make Carter’s dream a reality. We 💚 this! 🗑️ ♻️ 🚛 #TUSD pic.twitter.com/kPp9Z1PVrd
— Turlock USD (@TurlockUSD) November 8, 2022
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