We can all breathe a sigh of relief for humanity, knowing there are still good people out there who do random acts of kindness just because they can.
Such was the case when Kelsey Swick was traveling from Orlando to Philadelphia on December 6 with one of her 11-month-old twins. Swick was taking little Lucy to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Fellow passenger Jason Kunselman noticed Swick struggling with the infant, her bags, a diaper bag, and the oxygen concentrator Lucy needs all the time. He told one of the flight attendants he wished to give up his first-class seat and change places with Swick, who was in economy, so she could have more room.
When the flight attendant informed Swick of the seat change, the new mom burst into tears of gratitude.
She told WTXF-TV:
“I have a baby, a roller, a diaper bag, then I have an oxygen concentrator that she needs while we travel. I’m just standing there looking at him, crying just saying, ‘thank you,'” Zwick told WTXF. “He just quietly was smiling so big and was like, ‘you’re welcome.'”
When the flight landed, Swick looked for Kunselman but could not find him. She then went online to say thank you, hoping somehow the message would find the kind man.
Swick wrote in her Facebook post:
“To the man in 2D. Today you were traveling from Orlando to Philly. I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere. I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter. We had smiles on our faces as we were headed to see her “friends” at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). We pre-boarded the plane, got cozy in our window seat and made jokes to those around us about having to sit by my yelling-but-happy baby. The flight attendant came over and told me you were waiting to switch seats. You were giving up your comfortable, first-class seat to us.
“Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed! She felt it in her bones too… real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didn’t get to thank you properly.
“Sooo… thank you. Not just for the seat itself but for noticing. For seeing us and realizing that maybe things are not always easy. For deciding you wanted to show a random act of kindness to US. It reminded me how much good there is in this world. I can’t wait to tell Lucy someday. In the meantime… we will pay it forward. AA 588 passenger in seat 2D, we truly feel inspired by your generosity.”
We’re not crying, Twitter is crying.
— Terri Grant (@Terri_grant885) December 9, 2018
What an amazing, awesome story. Thank You passenger 2D for reminding us of the goodness in this world. Multiple blessings on you & your family.
— Trish Elemont (@TrishE58) December 9, 2018
— Kathy Krueger Zeinner (@kay59zee) December 10, 2018
Heart Touching !!
— @boss (@abbas_peshawar) December 9, 2018
Beautiful story ❤️
— ka08 (@KA09_08) December 9, 2018
This man is a good person, a kind thoughtful man. Thank you!🙏
— marthaS ⚠️🛑☮️ (@MarthaMoppy) December 10, 2018
That is so awesome! It's good to hear good news
— onesillyassgirl (@onesillyassgirl) December 10, 2018
One heart at a time! Thanks!
— HelenM (@hmagee64) December 10, 2018
What a kind and loving heart this man had for this mother and child.
— Evelina Loya (@EvieLoya) December 10, 2018
Man with beautiful heart.
— Linda Linda Linda (@LindaRosellaMa1) December 10, 2018
Let’s all keep this story close to our hearts while we travel for the holidays.