Nixa Boy With Viral Video Receives Hundreds of Flags

In August, OI brought you the story of Ayden Keating, a Nixa boy with Down Syndrome who was the subject of a viral video showing his excitement over a inflatable tube man that looked like a flag.

Ayden Keating picking up flags at the post office.

Users of the website Reddit picked up on Ayden’s story and promoted the YouTube video posted by his father Ryan, leading to calls for people from around the world to send flags to Ayden.

In an update video released Monday, the Keating family has revealed that hundreds of flags from around the world have been sent in response to the flag call.

“The response has been overwhelming,” Ryan Keating says in a new video. “We have received over a hundred packages resulting in over 700 different flags. All different colors, sizes. Different countries, states, cities…”

In a second video, Ryan shows the new playroom he renovated for Ayden that contains all the flags he’s been sent and Ayden’s reaction to the new room.

The family is still accepting flags for Ayden at the following address:

Attn: Ayden’s Flag Collection
PO Box 1667
Nixa, MO 65714