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'Lonely' Truck-Obsessed 8-Year-Old Surprised By Convoy Of Truckers To Celebrate His Birthday

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Red semi truck, post on Facebook about kid's birthday

A mom on Facebook was committed to making her son's 8th birthday a special one, especially since he didn't have any friends to invite over for a party.

For children, birthdays are supposed to be special and filled with various activities that allow them to make new memories that have the potential to last a lifetime. For this young boy, his family made his biggest dream come true on his 8th birthday.

The 'truck obsessed' boy received a convoy of trucks on his 8th birthday.

A Facebook page titled North Life reposted a post that had originally been made by Kassie Johnson about her 8-year-old son named Oliver, who was obsessed with trucks and had a dream to ride in one. That post was what made everything that followed possible.

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Johnson and her son Oliver live in Hamilton, New Zealand. Johnson created a post on July 6th, 2023 and asked truck drivers in their region about their willingness to drive Oliver around the block for his birthday. 

She wrote in her post, "Ollie knows every single name of every single truck and every single truck company. He gets the trucking magazine every month." She also added that her son is obsessed with his desire of becoming a truck driver.

In her post, she discussed that her son had no friends to invite to his birthday party and that a truck ride in one of his favorite trucks would make his dream come true. 

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His mother offered $50 for any truck driver willing to drive her son around — over 60 truck drivers showed up.

A truck company owner named Barry Hart saw the Facebook post and offered to organize a truck convoy just for Oliver. Barry Hart runs the company Hart Haulage and was able to organize dozens of trucks for Oliver to see on his birthday. 

Over 60 truck drivers in the region took Johnson’s offer to drive her son around and make his dream come true, showing up to their house with their convoy of trucks. This true act of kindness made Oliver's birthday a cherishable one that he will always remember.



This kind act by strangers allowed Oliver’s dreams to come true and even sparked a conversation about how kindness goes a long way, especially for children. 

Thanks to the boy's mom and Barry Hart, they were able to organize a beautiful event for her child, and Oliver will remember his 8th birthday party for the rest of his life, despite not having any friends to come.

This beautiful story is a reflection of how humans have a way of coming together to do something nice society and allows for a deeper conversation about the true importance of kindness and empathy. 

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Cortney Crowell is a writer and frequent contributor to YourTango from New Jersey who covers entertainment, news, and human interest stories.