When we get older, we lose friends by time, because of somereasons, some of them got married, others moved out of the city or got busy jobs and vice-versa. Unfortunately, some people end up living their days in complete solitude and don’t have any kind of social interaction.

Just like Dorothy ‘Mercy’ Ballard, Mercy is an elderly woman from England who always look for any chance to be around people and interact with them. That’s why she enjoys the company of the garbage collector Ben who picks her trash every once a week.

These two friends talk only 10 minutes whenever Ben comes to the neighborhood, but they became two close friends over the years. Mercy was approching her 100 years of age and Ben didn’t want to miss this chance to celebrate her good friend’s birthday. So he made a heartwarming surprise for her.

The video of the amazing act vent viral in a matter of days and people are left speechless. They all agree that what Ben did is truly special.

He can be seen walking towards Mercy’s home caring a birthday cake. But he’s not alone. His colleagues are there to wish Mercy a happy birthday too.

Once she opens the door and sees the cake, Mercy is overjoyed. She just got the best surprise ever and she even got to blow candles.

Ben is happy to have someone like Mercy in his life. He says how he has picked her trash in years and she always waits for him at the door with a huge smile on her face. Mercy loves sharing stories about her life with Ben, and he’s more than happy to tell her about the new technologies and gadgets that didn’t exist back then.

I’ve been a binman for about 11 years and love listening to her stories about her life – having been born in 1919 she can hardly believe what technology can do now and she can’t get her head round my phone.

When I was taking the selfie of us with my two colleagues she was saying ‘Where do I look?

These two are an example that when it comes to true friendship, years are just a number.

People loved the story of Mercy and Ben so much that the two became sort of celebrities in the area. Some TV news and outlets even asked them for an interview.

Mercy says she’s very happy that there are still people like Ben out there who respect elderly people that much. As for him, he says he’s happy to be her best friend and wishes for her to reach her 105th birthday so that he can surprise her again.

Lovely Mercy, however, believes that living for a century is more than enough. She has seen so much during her lifetime and we can learn a lot from this charming and wise elderly lady.

Take a look at their interview in the video below and make sure you share it with your friends.

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