MARION, Ohio (WCMH) — Every day is Christmas for Kalib Stephens.
“Kalib’s always loved the mail,” said his mother Amanda Miller. “He checks the mail multiple times a day. He always has, but right now he checks the mail more.”
So, she started a Facebook page called Cards 4 Kalib asking strangers to send him Christmas cards. Kalib is 17 and is on the Autism Spectrum. He doesn’t speak much, but he loves Christmas cards.
“Look you got more buddy,” his mother says to him while emptying the mailbox.
“Oh my goodness, look at all that mail,” his younger brother says.
“He is one of the most loving individuals you would ever meet. He loves people but he really doesn’t talk to them much,” Amanda says.
The Facebook page she started took off. While we were with him he received more than 700 of them in just one day. They first came in from just family and friends. Shortly after the family started receiving cards from other people in Marion, then in Ohio, then in other states. Now they’re coming in from other countries.
“You just don’t think about the little things like cards that can make a child, even a 17 year old child smile, where anybody else gets one they’re like ‘oh, it’s a card,nice, okay…to him it’s like excitement” she says.
This was the last day the post office would deliver the cards to his house in Marion. He’s receiving so many cards that his mother will have to start picking them up at the post office.
The family doesn’t mind one bit.
“I am just hoping for a huge abundance of cards. For him just to see all these people just care about people as much, this means more than any present anyone could have gave me,” she said.
The mother of a special needs child gets to watch her son enjoy Christmas every day, as long as the cards keep coming.
“This is people showing that they have a heart and even one child can make a difference and I would love to make a difference for more than just him.”
If you’re interested in sending Kalib a Christmas card, his address is 401 Avondale, Marion, Ohio 43302.