Colorado sixth grader Kyler Davila turned tragedy into triumph last month after holding a shoe giveaway to raise awareness for bullying. The shoe drive came just weeks after Davila was stabbed with a pencil in his Colorado Springs middle school’s hallway, an incident that inspired him to set an example for his classmates with a “Kyler’s Kicks” giveaway. After holding a successful giveaway in October, Davila was back at it again over the weekend, spending his Friday night donating shoes to those in need.
It’s only been a few weeks since Davila’s first event, but his mother says he has already made a huge impact. “We’ve had kids that have gotten shoes from Kyler already that have sent us messages back saying, ‘I can go to school the next day and be proud,’ ” Davila’s mother, Sherise Nipper, told NBC4i.
The acts of kindness have also made an impression on Davila himself, who plans to continue hosting giveaways and aspires to launch his own philanthropic shoe company. “I’m going to start doing this every once or two weeks, and we’re going to make a shoe company and every single pair of shoes that’s bought there’s going to be one donated,” he said.
Speaking with NBC4i, Davila elaborated on the assault that precipitated the shoe giveaways. “I was getting bullied in school because I didn’t have really good shoes. I used to have casts on my legs, because I used to walk on my tippy toes. Now I have to wear [ankle foot orthosis], which makes my feet really big,” Davila explained.
For more information, or to make a donation of your own, contact Kyler’s Kicks on Facebook.
At the 2nd stop last night for Kylers Kicks, a mom randomly stopped me. She asked if Kyler was my son, I said yes. She started crying and hugging me. She explained to me that she watches the weather closely everyday and prays it doesnt snow before she can afford to buy her kids shoes without holes in them. She was so grateful that her and her children received shoes and new socks last night. She no longer has to worry about the snow coming. Another elderly woman told me, Kyler and Spring, when we knocked on her door, that she had just glued her soles back onto her only pair of shoes this morning, and it was a miracle that we showed up at her door with free shoes and socks for her. Another mother of a beautiful autistic little girl was moved to tears as she told me stories of kids bullying her daughter and how much these new shoes will help stop that. We could feel the love, hope and relief as they each chose there very own special pair of shoes on the bus last night. We just want to say THANK YOU again to everyone for taking the time to make a difference with us through Kylers Kicks and donating shoes. We love yall and cant wait to do it again next month. Special thank you to The Dab Space Station Bus for driving us around, WP Nation for all your support and allowing Kyler to collect shoes at your store and My Club 420 for donating 100 pairs of brand new socks. Please continue to bring your gently used or new shoes and brand new sock donations to WP Nation 2509 Platte Place Colorado Springs, CO 80909. It is really working guys, we are spreading so much love, confidence, hope, and laughter. Lets keep it going -Sherise(Kyler's mom) #WP4L #KylersKicks #GameOverBullies #MyClub420 #WPNation #DabSpaceStation