Several months ago, the mother of a boy with autism who loves FedEx approached Chris Jones, the owner of Pack & Mail of Allendale, MI, to ask if he knew where she could find a toy FedEx truck for her son. Chris took down the woman’s name and number, promising to do his best to find that perfect gift.
He spent months searching for the toy truck, but when he found it in early September, he could no longer find the name and contact information he needed to get it to the right child. He tried posting the story on Facebook a few times in the hopes that it would reach the boy’s mother, but to no avail. So after a couple of months, he decided to get a news crew involved to really get the word out.
And it worked! A few days after the story went out on West Michigan’s Fox 17 news, Chris got the chance to meet 6-year-old Tyler, who goes by the nickname “Super Fly FedEx Ty Guy” with his friends, and was able to give him his special gift.
But Tyler didn’t just get the original FedEx delivery truck toy out of the deal. He also got a toy FedEx freight truck and a FedEx racecar, all of which he was allowed to take home in a FedEx shipping box.
“I like it when it has wheels,” Tyler says of his new toy. “And ‘FedEx’ on the truck.”
Tyler struggled to put his happiness into words on camera, but his smiling face and jumps for joy said it all. His mother expressed her pride in how hard Tyler works to communicate and learn and how far he’s come since his diagnosis.
“Tyler is such a gentle caring soul,” says his mother, Mary Schafer. “About a year ago he just all of a sudden got all excited about FedEx deliveries and would jump up and down.”
While Tyler and Mary were at the Pack & Mail, Chris also let Tyler get a behind-the-scenes look at how he runs the store, even allowing him to press some of the buttons on the little shop’s computer.
And as if that wasn’t a dream come true in and of itself, FedEx caught wind of the story and is now offering Tyler a full tour of one of their warehouses. The boy’s birthday is coming up in November, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect!
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Congratulations to Tyler on his extra-special gifts and the opportunity to visit a real FedEx warehouse! And shout out to Chris Jones for working so hard to make a little boy’s dream a reality. We love it when stories end this beautifully, and it’s all thanks to wonderful people like you!
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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?