Hero Stranger Buys Plane Ticket for Dad Who Couldn’t Afford Last-Minute Ticket for His Toddler

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(Facebook / Kevin Leslie)

Most people will do anything they can to avoid being on a plane with small children, but a kind woman in Nebraska did just the opposite by purchasing a last-minute ticket for a stranger’s two-year-old daughter.

According to fellow traveler Kevin Leslie, who witnessed the whole thing, the problem started when the man reached the ticket counter. The ticket agent for the airline asked the man how old his daughter was, and when the man told the agent she was two, the agent asked to see her ticket. The father was confused, thinking that his daughter would be able to fly for free if she sat on his lap. He hadn’t realized that children ages two and up need their own tickets.

Leslie described the father as distraught, saying that the man told the gate agent that he couldn’t afford to re-book the flight, nor could he afford the last-minute ticket for his daughter. That’s when, according to Leslie, the father’s guardian angel stepped in.

The woman approached the ticket agent and said, “I want to buy her ticket.” The agent reacted with surprise and said, “You know this ticket costs $749, right?” The woman pulled out her credit card and purchased the ticket. The woman refused to tell the father her name, and insisted that he didn’t have to pay her back. That is so baller.

After Leslie’s post about the incident went viral, the woman was identified as Debbie Bolton, the co-founder and global chief sales officer at Norwex. Facebook commenters left messages saying they weren’t surprised to hear about Bolton’s generosity. “She is an inspiration everytime I see her and is constantly giving freely. She is so full of love for everyone and does what is needed without being asked,” said one commenter.

“We have always appreciated the loving spirit of Debbie Bolton,” Amy Cadora, chief marketing officer at Norwex, said to CBS News. “She’s kind, caring and generous. That’s why none of us was a bit surprised when we saw the recent post on social media about her generosity.”

My goal in life is to be able to do this for someone. Debbie Bolton, thank you for being the good in the world!