A desperate father who struggled to afford a plane ticket for his daughter was left dumbfounded after a kind stranger stepped in to pay the fare.
The generous stranger, a high-flying company co-founder, overheard airport staff tell the dad his two-year-old daughter was too old to qualify for a free plane ticket.
The confused father told airport stuff he was under the impression she could fly for free and said he could not afford to rebook the flight or get a ticket at short notice.
In a heart-warming twist which has now been read by hundreds of thousands of people on Facebook, the Good Samaritan bought the $749 flight for the toddler.
Although the mystery woman did not want to be named, her identity was later revealed as Debbie Bolton, the Global Chief Sales officer at home cleaning product firm Norwex.
The post, shared on online page Love What Matters, reads: “This woman needs to be commended.
“A gentleman was checking in for his flight when the agent asked how old his daughter was. He said she had recently turned two.
“The agent then asked if she had a ticket. The man was confused because he was under the impression she could ride for free.
“When he booked the ticket, she was one but her birthday was in January.
“He was hit with emotion. He mentioned he couldn't afford to rebook this flight or get her the ticket with such short notice.
“He stepped aside and tried to make a few calls. Hugging his daughter and grabbing his head, you could tell he was heartbroken.
“This woman next to him at the front counter heard the whole thing. She walked over to him and asked what was wrong. After they talked for a bit they walked up to the counter together.
“She pointed back at his daughter and said, 'I wanna buy her ticket.'
“The agent said 'You know how much this ticket costs right?' The woman responded '$700 something?' '$749,’ the agent said.
“The woman said 'that's fine' and pulled out her credit card.”
The person who shared the story, Kevin Leslie, said the airport worker had goosebumps while the man hugged the woman and asked for her name so he could repay her.
But the woman repeated: “Don’t worry about it.”
Ms Bolton, who is based in Dallas, Texas for cleaning company Norwex, was reportedly returning from a work trip in Nebraska when the exchange happened.
She was identified after people named her on Facebook, calling her a “giving soul” and an inspiration.