Nonverbal 8-Year-Old Girl with Down Syndrome Sings Her Way into Homeless Man’s Heart

February 13, 2019 Updated: February 13, 2019

Actions speak louder than words; that’s how the old adage goes. And for one sweet girl from Columbia, South Carolina, her actions were especially remarkable.

Neveah Phillips is 8 years old, and she has Down syndrome. Her mother, Kimberly, told WECT that her daughter is “essentially nonverbal,” so nonverbal stimulation and nonverbal interactions mean a tremendous amount to the young girl, who still possesses a fervent curiosity about the world.

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Kimberly had taken Neveah with her to church one day to a charity event providing food for underprivileged people. Amongst many others, a homeless man attended and headed to the pews to sing a heartfelt rendition of Smokie Norful’s “I Understand.”

Neveah, entranced, crawled into the man’s arms, and he sang to her.

Kimberly, touched by her daughter’s unspoken bond with the poor man, filmed their interaction and caught several moments when Neveah opened her mouth to sing along. She knew the song, and the homeless man’s soulful rendition inspired her to sing a few words with him, which was Neveah’s way of making a connection.

Nevaeh has a passion for people…it doesn't matter who you are she has the purest love. I can't thank this gentleman enough for sharing such a special moment with Nevaeh:)!!! #LetyourACTbetheIMPACT

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The man sang: “Sometimes I feel like giving up … It seems like my best just ain’t good enough.” And Neveah sat with him in solidarity.

“Her actions speak louder than words,” Kimberly said proudly. “Love made her do it.”

Needless to say, Kimberly’s video was enthusiastically received online, capturing the hearts of over a million viewers.

8-year-old girl with Down syndrome sings with homeless man she met volunteering

MIRACLE OF SONG: This 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome is usually non-verbal. But when a homeless man started singing to her, she jumped right in 😍

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Kimberly couldn’t resist finding the sweet man who had sung in the church to share the impact that the video had had.

“He was in shock,” Kimberly reported. “He read the comments with a big smile on his face! … He leaned down to Nevaeh and said ‘look what we did.’”

Sweet Neveah was moved by the man’s plight and soulful voice, not deterred by his status. Kimberly hopes that her daughter’s example will provide food for thought for all of us: less judgement, more action.

I knew Nevaeh and Teiyons video went viral, but I had no idea how viral it really went!!!! We are deeply humbled by the…

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And more than anything else, love.

“If we don’t have break down these walls, nothing will ever get done,” affirmed Kimberly. Here’s hoping that sweet young Neveah’s example will inspire others to follow in her footsteps and lower their reservations when it comes to interacting with members of their own community.

Nevaeh says hi and thank you for all your support:)! #LetyourACTbetheIMPACT

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“People are just in awe of her personality,” Kimberly said, glowing with pride for daughter Neveah. “That’s how we should all be loving others.”

What do you think of Neveah’s gesture of love and non-judgment? Be sure to like, share, and comment on this remarkable story!