There’s something about being 30,000 feet above land that brings kind souls together. Several airplane stories have circulated the Internet recently and restored our faith in humanity, but the one that occurred last week has a particularly heartwarming touch to it.
Kimber Bermuda, a teacher at a low-income school in Chicago, was simply talking to the passenger next to her about how challenging it can be to watch children go without. In 2018, it’s heartbreaking for her to see just how many children still go hungry or without school supplies because their families don’t have enough money.
What Kimber didn’t know is just how many people on that Southwest flight 1050 were listening to her story.
After apologizing for overhearing her conversation, the man behind her slipped her a wad of cash and simply said “do something amazing.” But that’s not the end of her story… as this gentleman’s act of kindness had a beautiful chain-reaction effect.
Read the rest of Kimber’s story in her viral Facebook post below:
“I write this in awe of my day yesterday. I was sitting next to a kind man on my Southwest flight 1050. He asked me what I did for a living, and anyone who knows me knows that I am a talker. I began telling him how much I love my job. Teaching is my passion. When he asked me the greatest challenge that I face I was honest with him. I told him that working at a low income school can be heartbreaking. We talked about the world and how no child should ever do without. In 2018 kids should never be hungry or in need of anything. He asked for my work contact information and told me that his company likes to donate items, time, etc. for schools such as mine. I was not intending for him to say that, and then gave him my school email. Then something amazing happened…
The man behind me tapped my shoulder. I turned around and he apologized for listening in to my conversation, and he handed me a wad of cash. He told me to ‘do something amazing’ and sat back down. I was in complete awe that I had touched a stranger. I realized that there was $100 on top, and started to cry. I thanked him and told him how I would buy my students books and give back to the community. I didn’t count the money from that man, but I would later find out that he gave me $500.