On December 6, a mom took to Facebook to thank a stranger she only met earlier that day.
According to Kelsey Zwick’s post, she and one of her baby daughters were on a plane flying to a hospital in Philidelphia when a stranger, who they have never met before, approached them.
That stranger was later identified as Jason Kunselman. As the Daily Mail reports, Kunselman was on the same flight as Zwick, but seated in first class. Kunselman is reportedly a frequent flyer because of his job.
Kunselman told the Daily Mail that he noticed Zwick and her daughter before they got onto the plane:
“She had an oxygen machine for her daughter. It couldn’t be put over her head and, she had to have it with her the whole time. It was so touching seeing the little girl with her oxygen. I was tearing up as I saw her. … She was so tiny.”
Kunselman said that as he boarded the plane from Florida to Philidelphia, he expected to see the child and her mother sitting in the front of the plane as well.
But when he saw Zwick sitting all the way in the back of the aircraft, he knew he had to make sure Zwick and her baby were more comfortable.
“I asked the flight attendant if she thought the young lady with the baby would be more comfortable in my seat.”
Kunselman’s kind gesture left both of them in tears.
Zwick wrote about the encounter on Facebook.
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….
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.
The mom continued:
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.
According to Fox News, Lucy suffers “from severe chronic lung disease as a result of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS), a complication of the pregnancy.”
Those who were also passengers on the plane and thousands across the country, including American Airlines, thanked Kunselman for his selfless actions.
Nearly a half of a million people shared Zwick’s Facebook post and because of that, Kunselman’s wife saw just how much the mom appreciated her husband’s willingness to give up his first class seat for coach:
“I just hoped that she had a better flight with more room.”
Eventually, American Airlines was able to reconnect Zwick and Kunselman and according to the Daily Mail, after reconnecting, Zwick sent a private message to Kunselman.
It read, “Thank you doesn’t cover it. The world clearly needed your kindness.”