It's the season to be thankful for all of the wonderful people who go out of their way to make someone else a little bit happier. A viral Facebook post from last year is making headlines again, reminding everyone to reach out whenever someone needs help.
In December of 2018, Becca Kinsey of Dallas, Texas was traveling by herself with her two boys James 2 and Wyatt 5. Needless to say, the whole trip was a hassle. Her kids were exhausted and she was trying to keep herself from breaking down. In her post, she first explains that two women helped her get through security after one of her boys fell asleep in line. The women offered to have her go ahead of them in line and carried her bags through security. One of the women told her, “I know how it is!”. Afterward, one of the mothers went with her to make sure they got on their plane in time.
Once seated, Kinsey’s son Wyatt was woken up by the plane taking off and became very upset. Thankfully, he was able to fall back asleep. However, Kinsey wrote, “After about 45 min, this angel comes to the back and says 'you look like you need a break' and holds Wyatt for the rest of the flight”. The woman continued to hold Wyatt even after the plane landed and carried him until he was put in his father’s arm at the baggage claim. The woman hugged Kinsey, wished them a Merry Christmas, and went on her way.
In less than a year, the post has amassed nearly 900,000 likes and over 130,000 shares. Thrilled by the overwhelming responses received, Kinsey started a fundraiser after seeing how many people enjoyed her story. By asking her viewers to donate $5 for every share, so far she has raised over $3,500 for Kidd’s Kids. The non-profit organization helps families with children who have “life-altering or life-threatening conditions” be able to have a trip of a lifetime to Disney World.
Each of these women in her story showed compassion, empathy, and support for Kinsey. Though not mentioned in the post, it can be assumed that other people in line at the airport judged Kinsey for traveling with two young kids by herself. The only judgment these women made was that they knew how to help and they did it without asking.