In an act of kindness, Nyfesha Miller holds little baby Rylee aboard a plane. 
Rebekka Garvison via Facebook

It was a simple, kind act.

However, after a grateful mom turned to Facebook to publicly thank the "amazing" stranger, the post went viral, garnering more than 85,000 shares. 


It all started last week, when new mom Rebekka Garvison was faced with the daunting task of traveling by herself with her baby daughter. Garvison, according to CBS News, had been planning the trip for some time from Kalamazoo, Mich., to Fort Rucker, Ala., to surprise her husband, Nick, a member of the U.S. Army. 

The new mom braced herself and got on her 5:30 a.m. flight with her daughter, Rylee, only to be greeted by a quiet, packed plane. As Garvison made her way to her seat, she noticed that she was seated next to a not-so-happy couple, increasing her anxiety.

As luck would have it, Rylee started to cry.

Garvison, in an attempt to be conscientious, asked a flight attendant if she could be relocated to a nearly empty row. As it turns out, her next seat buddy, Nyfesha Miller, turned out to be a godsend. 


"I'm not sure if she could tell how stressed and upset I looked or what, but she turned our day completely around," Garvison wrote in her Facebook post. "Rylee wouldn't stop crying no matter what I would try and do … so she had asked if I didn't mind if she tried and of course I let her."

Rylee took quite a liking to Miller, her tears immediately stopping as she gazed out the window. By the time the flight was in the air, Rylee was fast asleep, which she stayed contentedly for the whole flight. The new mom told Miller that she didn't want to inconvenience her, but Miller brushed her off, saying that it was a "comforting feeling" for her. 


"When we got in the air she fell right asleep and slept in her lap the whole flight until we got to our gate," Garvison wrote. "She even carried her off the plane and held her so I could get the stroller and carseat put back together so I wasn't struggling to try and do it all alone."

"Nyfesha Miller, you will never understand how happy this act of kindness has made my family," she added, tagging the good Samaritan. "You could've just rolled your eyes and been irritated like everyone else, but you took her and held her the entire flight and let me get some rest and peace of mind."


Miller engaged on the post and responded, saying that although she felt a little selfish at first, she remembered what it was like traveling with a baby. 

"I guess being a mom of 3 and remembering how I felt traveling with babies and getting the annoyed feeling from others (as I managed fussy babies), prompted me to step outside of myself to aid in your apparent need for assistance," she wrote back under the post. "I'm absolutely blown away by the amazing response this has received. Just comes to show you how little acts of kindness really do go a long way. I'm grateful and appreciative of your kind words and shares."


Read more at CBS News.

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