Arizona Teen Surprises Friend With Tonka Truck for Christmas: 'He Makes Everyone's Day'

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An Arizona teen’s holiday season was made when his good friend surprised him with an unexpected and thoughtful present at school.

Though they’re separated by two grade levels, the connection between Matthew Sabetta and Jake Marr grew fast and strong when they met at Maricopa High School. 

Marr was drawn to Sabetta, a sophomore who is always able to put a smile on everyone’s face, regardless of what he’s going through. Sabetta has Williams syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes health problems and developmental delays.

“He makes everyone's day,” Marr, a senior, told “I figured I can make his day at least once.”

So Marr decided to surprise Sabetta with a Christmas gift and spent weeks searching for the right present. Knowing of his love for cement trucks, Marr scoured for a month to fight the right yellow Tonka truck. 

After finding the right present, Marr surprised Sabetta at school. 

“I love it!” Sabetta exclaimed in a video captured of the moment. 

Sabetta now takes the truck with him everywhere he goes. 

"It was a big surprise,” Sabetta said. “And I got happy tears, it was my lucky day!”

But the pleasure was all Marr’s, who had a piece of advice to share on friendships.

“Just be kind talk to them, get to know them; they have the most amazing stories you'll ever hear,” he said. 


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