Kind stranger buys $700 plane ticket for toddler stranded with dad at airport

Debbie Bolton

A distressed dad and his 2-year-old daughter were on the verge of cancelling their trip, until a kind stranger stepped in, going over $700 above and beyond the call of duty, to save the day.

Booking disaster

This super generous and kind act was documented on the Love What Matters Facebook page, alongside a stealthy snap of the woman in question.

“This woman needs to be commended. A gentleman was checking in for his flight when the agent asked how old his daughter was. He said she had recently turned two. The agent then asked if she had a ticket. The man was confused because he was under the impression she could ride for free. (When he booked the ticket, she was one but her birthday was in January.) He was hit with emotion. He mentioned he couldn’t afford to rebook this flight or get her the ticket with such short notice. He stepped aside and tried to make a few calls. Hugging his daughter and grabbing his head, you could tell he was heartbroken.”

"This woman needs to be commended. A gentleman was checking in for his flight when the agent asked how old his daughter…

Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Lending a hand

The story sharer, let’s call her Stealthy Snapper, then explained that the woman in the picture, worried for the upset dad, chose this moment to intervene.

“This woman next to him at the front counter heard the whole thing. She walked over to him and asked what was wrong. After they talked for a bit they walked up to the counter together.

She pointed back at his daughter and said,
‘I wanna buy her ticket.’

The agent said ‘You know how much this ticket costs right?’
The woman responded ‘$700 something?’
‘$749’ the agent said.

The woman said ‘that’s fine’ and pulled out her credit card.”

Jaws dropped

Stealthy Snapper could not believe what she was witnessing, and it seems the airline employee and the previously very, very stressed dad were equally amazed and touched.

“I was right there and I just said to her, ‘God Bless You!’ and they printed out the ticket. The agent kept talking about her goosebumps while the man hugged the woman and asked for her name to repay her. The woman just kept saying, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ She knew she wanted to help that man and his daughter no matter what the cost.”

Heartwarming example

Stealthy Snapper knew that this is just the kind of story the world needs now.

“Please share this story because people like this need to be recognized.”

After details of this beautiful exchange were shared via Facebook, there was an avalanche of responses and even more inspiring random-act-of-kindness stories.

“Thank you strangers who make me want to be a better person,” one man posted.

“I hope I can do something like this someday, until then I’ll continue with small acts of kindness,” a woman wrote.

A habit of kindness

One particular comment rose above the others, because it confirmed that this lady and her family made a habit of helping others out. They revealed that she’s Debbie Bolton, a founder and executive at eco-friendly cleaning product company Norwex.

“I asked her once what I could do each day to be successful. Her response surprised me. She said each day have reflection time, make a list and don’t leave you’re desk before the 10 most important things are done, and always give gratitude daily. I know her family, kids and grandkids get together frequently to discuss how they can use the abundance and blessings they get to serve and give back to others. She is an inspiration every time I see her and is constantly giving freely. She is so full of love for everyone and does what is needed without being asked,” Facebook user Jennica Kettle wrote.

It’s so heartening and inspiring to gain an insight into this family’s generous approach to community and life in general.

We could all take a leaf out of this gorgeous woman’s book. Seriously, what a beautiful person she is.


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