Cleveland man leaves "trash treats" for garbage collectors every week

A few years ago on Christmas Morning, a Cleveland woman noticed her neighbor, Jim Huff, left a hot cup of coffee and snacks on top of his garbage can. Turns out, he's been doing it for years. (Image: WTVC)

Before the alarm clock goes off, your neighborhood garbage collector is already hard at work keeping city streets clean in all kinds of weather.

An 80-year-old man noticed this years ago, and has been leaving surprise treats for his collectors every Thursday morning.

In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises him at his home in Cleveland.

A few years ago on Christmas Morning, a Cleveland woman noticed her neighbor Jim Huff, left a hot cup of coffee on top of his garbage can.

She thought it was a bit odd, and decided to investigate.

It turns out, it's something he's been doing for years.

It's dark and really early on a Thursday morning and Jennifer Miles is hiding outside her neighbor's home in Cleveland.

"Ok, he's going back in. I think he left a snack," said Jennifer as she catches Mr. Huff on cell phone camera.

Jennifer runs over to see what her neighbor, 80- year-old Jim Huff, left sitting on his garbage can.

"Yup! Look at that! Granola Snacks and water!" said Jennifer.

Minutes later, the garbage collector pulls up.

"Rob, how long have the Huffs been doing this for you guys?" asked Jennifer.

"A couple of years," said Rob.

"A couple of years!" said Jennifer.

The video was sent to us, and days later, we showed up in Jennifer Miles' driveway to hear more about Mr. Huff's trash treats.

"I really think that garbage men are not garbage men, they help us, they keep us clean, they are probably the ones that don't get noticed, and I think the Huffs did a great job noticing them," said Jennifer.

And Jennifer says, it's time the Huffs are noticed too.

"I hope I don't scare them," said Jennifer as she knocked on their door.

Moments later, Jim came to the door.

"The guys that pick up our garbage. You feed them all the time, and that's why on behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm I'm going to Pay It Forward to you and Mary. Here's $500. I love you," surprised Jennifer.

"Thank you! This was Mary's idea to do this. I'm her little robot," said Jim.

Jim wasted no time, tossing us the details on why he hopes his snacks help roll along the day for the garbage truck drivers.

"Picking up garbage is hard work, and it's not fun and smelly. But these jobs are as important, whatever you do," explained Jim.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 for helping others? Nominate them here.

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