Anyone who has ever had to book a flight at the last minute will appreciate just how shocking this story really is. A father, flying with his two-year-old daughter, thought the girl was still young enough to fly for free. The airline disagreed. He had to buy her a ticket, and the ticket would cost $749.
When the man heard this, he was confused. The girl would be sitting on his lap anyhow. He didn’t have the money to buy the ticket, and couldn’t leave her behind.
Then a woman stepped up to the counter and bought the ticket.
The original retelling of the event went viral on the “Love What Matters” Facebook page. Kevin Leslie, who posted the narrative, was there to witness the events. The man kept “hugging his daughter and grabbing his head, you could tell he was heartbroken.”
Then the woman stepped in and bought the ticket. The ticketing agent asked if she understood how much the ticket would cost, and the woman did.
She didn’t identify herself, and she didn’t give her name. But this is a small world. When the story went viral, she was recognized as Debbie Bolton. Bolton is the co-Founder and Global Chief Sales officer at Norwex – a firm that specializes in environmentally friendly home cleaning products.
The young father, stunned by Bolton’s generosity, kept thanks her and asked for her name and address so he could pay her back, but all Bolton said was “Don’t worry about it.”
“She knew she wanted to help that man and his daughter no matter what the cost,” Leslie wrote in his post.
Suzanne Holt works with Bolton. She told the Daily Mail, “I’m the Senior Vice President Sales Leader within her company and admire her greatly. She’s an amazing woman and never would have intended for this to be public. My first thought was that I’m sure she did this privately and would not want it to be known so I didn’t plan to share it with anyone. With the way news goes viral on Facebook, I saw it spread like wildfire through my news feed as she was recognized.”
“We’re not surprised to hear of Debbie’s kind and generous personal gesture. We are very proud of her and love having her as a part of the Norwex team and as one of the Co-Founders of Norwex North America,” Amy Cadora, Chief Marketing Officer for Norwex, wrote in a statement.
“We have always appreciated the loving spirit of Debbie Bolton. 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.”
“Rather than drawing attention to herself, Debbie just “did what anyone else would do.” Her hope is that her action might inspire someone else to make a positive impact in the life of another. Ultimately, we’re all real people, making a real impact.”