Woman Buys Toddler a Plane Ticket in Amazing Act of Kindness

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One woman’s extraordinary act of kindness is restoring our faith in humanity.

After a father was trying to check himself and his daughter ahead of their flight, a complete stranger thought it was best to help after hearing their heartbreaking story.

Standing in line at the airline counter in Omaha, Nebraska, the woman overheard how the father would need to buy a ticket for his little girl as she was over the age for free travel.

A bystander, Kevin Leslie, who witnessed the panicked scene shared the now viral image on the ‘Love What Matters’ Facebook page. Since uploading last week, the image has more than 133,000 likes.

Leslie recounts that the man was confused and hit with emotion. Mentioning to the attendants at the airline counter that he couldn’t afford to rebook the flight or get her a ticket on short notice, the father stepped aside to make a few calls.

“Hugging his daughter and grabbing his head, you could tell he was heartbroken,” Leslie wrote.

But miraculously, the kind heart of a woman who was next to him at the front counter decided to do something about the unfortunate situation. After walking over to the man and asking him what was wrong, she approached the airline agent and said she would pay for the young girl’s ticket.

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Leslie recalls the agent asked, “You know how much this ticket costs right?”

Yet after explaining it would cost a whopping $749, the woman said “that’s fine” and pulled out her credit card.

“I was right there and I just said to her, ‘God Bless You!’ and they printed out the ticket,” he said. “The agent kept talking about her goosebumps while the man hugged the woman and asked for her name to repay her.”

Leslie says the woman just kept saying, “Don’t worry about it.”

The Daily Mail identified the generous woman as Debbie Bolton, the co-founder and Global Chief Sales Officer at Norwex — a firm that sells home cleaning products. While Bolton preferred to remain anonymous, her coworkers state she is “someone who does good in private just because it's the right thing to do. She's not doing it to bring fame to herself, but just to show love.”


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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.