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Whether it's being kind, offering to pay for a meal or helping someone an act of kindness can really go a long way. Have a read of these heart-warming stories about how a few kind strangers really made someone's day.
A kind man's response to a screaming child
Almost all of us know what it's like to be stuck next to a screaming child on a plane. Maybe some of us are even guilty of giving the child or parent evil looks. Shanell is a mother of an autistic daughter. She struggles to control her daughter's screams. Before each flight she'd pray for the person who sat next to her to be a fellow parent that is understanding. When a businessman in a suit sat down next to her on a plane she feared for the worst. However, when her daughter, Kate, grabbed the man's arm, the man started speaking to her about turtles and when Kate would scream the man would try to distract and calm her with her toys. The man's kindness brought tears to Shanell's eyes.
The life saver
Having your credit card declined is possibly one of the most embarrassing things that could happen in life, especially if you don't have another payment method. When a passenger's credit card was declined at baggage check-in, a bystander noticed and paid for them. The kind stranger then left a note that said, 'I know how it feels. Your bag fee's on me. Just pay it forward the next time you get a chance. Have a safe flight :).'
The hero pilot
In 2011, a woman named Nancy wrote to Elliott.org about her husband's journey that started as a tragedy but ended with heroism. Nancy and her husband had received the tragic news that their three-year-old grandson had been murdered by their daughter's live-in boyfriend. When her husband got to the airport to make his way to the boy's funeral he was held up by heavy delays in the airport baggage and security area. He tried to explain the situation to Transportation Security America and Southwest agents but nobody seemed to care. He feared that he would miss his flight. He finally arrived at the gate almost ten minutes after the flight's departure time and was greeted by the pilot, who reportedly said, 'Are you Mark? We held the plane for you and we're so sorry about the loss of your grandson. They can't go anywhere without me and I wasn't going anywhere without you.' What a real-life hero!
The group that took a stand against homophobia
A homophobic man at Dallas/Forth Worth Airport attacked a man who was wearing a pink shirt. The attacker shouted homophobic slurs. However, a group of bystanders soon came to the victim's defence and this silenced the aggressor.
A starbucks coffee, a piece of chocolate and the friendly stranger
A young woman was returning home after a family funeral. She was at Portland Airport when she began to shed some long-overdue tears. An older woman, that was about the same age as the woman's mother, approached her and gave her a Kleenex. She asked her if there was anything she could do to help. The woman began to spill out everything about what was going on in her life; her grandfather's death, school, life and the ever-looming finals. As soon as she'd told the older woman this she immediately regretted it. The last thing she'd wanted to do was to burden anyone else with her problems or stress. The older woman comforted her telling her that she'd been through the same situation before and that things would improve with time. She then shortly returned with a Starbucks coffee in hand and a piece of chocolate.