Coralville man with Down syndrome’s social media plea for letters goes viral

Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:57 AM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Miles Davis, a Coralville man who lives with Down syndrome, checks the mail for his mom, Shelly, every day, but the letters with his name on them are medical bills.

“He just wanted letters from somebody saying ‘hi,’” Shelly said.

Shelly took her son’s story to TikTok, asking for help with funding the family dog’s medical bills, but also letters for Miles. The dog has started to heal, and so has Miles; after the video of him walking to the mailbox was posted, packages started coming from everywhere.

“He started getting packages and letters from all over the world,” Shelly said. “The Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and I’m sure I’m missing some.”

Shelly even picked up packages by the cartload at the Coralville Post Office full of signed jerseys, hats, shoes, clothing, and coloring books, all addressed to Miles. It all happened after a man named Kris Sipe, who goes by the name KrazyKris88, shared the post. It had more than 4 million views.

“I had no idea who they were; it was just on the ‘For You’ page,” Sipe said. “What caught my eye was this boy walking to the mailbox, the P.O. Box and that he had Down syndrome.”

Sipe, whose channel often focuses on tough conversations like race, equality, and mental illness said he knew what he had to do after seeing Miles’ need for real connection.

“It was what I was supposed to do,” Sipe said. “The answer should be automatic; this was the right thing to do.”

Shelly said they never asked for all the gifts, only letters, but seeing her son smile so much from the love across the world was infectious. She started donating the gifts to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, daycares, and homeless shelters to keep the love going.

“I knew we couldn’t keep it all; we would have to move out,” Shelly said.

What started as a plea for human interaction turned into smiles being shared across the world.

“I can’t thank him enough,” Shelly said. “If it weren’t for him, Miles would probably end up like any other kid or adult who lives with down syndrome.”

Copyright 2021 KCRG. All rights reserved.