When one generous man offered to take a stranger's baby so she could rest on a recent flight, many people on the plane watched in admiration.
"It was so inspiring," one passenger, Andrea Byrd, stated. She took a quick photo of the man carrying the baby up and down the aisle and posted it on Facebook, where it's since gone viral.
"I was in tears," Byrd wrote in the post, which has been shared almost 100,000 times. "Not because he was white and she was black... but because it showed me today that there are still good people out there in a world full of chaos."
They were flying from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Southwest Airlines when the mom, Monica Nelson, who is pregnant, said she had been nervous about traveling alone with her 20-month-old son Luke. When he grew fussy and wouldn't rest, the man seated next to them surprised her by offering to help, she said. He walked up and down the aisle holding the boy, calming her son to sleep.
"It was such a relief because I was a little worried traveling with him without my husband there to help out," said Nelson, a teacher who lives in Atlanta. "I'm still very appreciative that he had been so kind to help."
She said the man's name is Reid and she later learned that he also has a son named Luke.
Byrd said she was particularly touched by the incident because she has two children of her own and could put herself in the mom's shoes. That is when she knew she should take the picture of that special moment and post it online.
"He just kind of hopped right in," she said. "You usually don't see things like that. It really was such a sweet moment to capture."
Now their story has touched thousands of people across the world, reminding people how powerful a simple act of kindness can be.
"It's good to know the world is not all bad," Nelson said. "There really are great people out there."