A mother who travelled alone with her toddler and infant is publicly thanking the kind-hearted stranger who helped them during the flight.

Jessica Rudeen was flying with her daughter Caroline, 3, and her son Alexander, 4 months, from Missouri to North Carolina to visit her mother.

The kids were both screaming when a fellow passenger named Todd Walker, 52, stepped in to lend a hand, shares ABC News today.

“I had the crying baby in one hand and I was crouched down next to [Caroline],” said Ms Rudeen, 34, from Arkansas.

“Todd reached down and said, ‘I’ll hold him.’ I didn’t know what else to do, it was kind of my only option. I got Caroline down in the seat and she was kicking the seat, screaming and saying she wanted to get off the plane.”

The kind stranger began talking and colouring with the toddler to distract her.

“It was really sweet to watch,” Ms Rudeen said about the interaction. “She was very chatty with him. She loved hanging out with him.”

He then helped her with her bags and escorted her family to the gate of their layover flight in Charlotte, on which he was also a passenger.

“Caroline wanted to walk with him so she had her bag and she held his hand on the way to the next flight,” Ms Rudeen added.

Mr Walker, a father of two, even switched his seat on the connecting flight so he could continue helping Ms Rudeen.

Mr Walker’s wife said “It’s in my husband’s nature to help people. We don’t have girls and he really connected with little Caroline. He’s really humbled by it. He can’t believe the amount of attention, it’s just amazing.”

Share your comments below

  • That is a lovely story. Just shows there are still kind people in our midst. Nice to have a good news story.


  • This is a lovely story and I love it when people step in to help rather than being judgmental – a terrific act of kindness.


  • How wonderful for this man to help out rather than looking the other way. Flights can be traumatic but I bet this little girl will be far more likely to have a flight in future because of this man.

    • Flights can indeed be tough on parents and children and someone helping out is always welcomed.


  • What a wonderful man for doing this to help out. A lot of people would have complained about the children making so much noise. Life is always giving us little surprises


  • Such a lovely ‘feel good’ story! What we need more of in this world!


  • how sweet of this man to do this – I love the photo’s that accompany the story – just lovely


  • This is definitely what we need more of. Love both the man’s actions and the Mother being so grateful.


  • I’ve done this on a flight but it was far from selfless. I got baby cuddles and didn’t have to spend hours listening to two screaming young kids.


  • That was indeed generous and kind.


  • So good !


  • Oh, this is the kind of news I love to read. Being there for other people and help them in a moment of need. Well done to Todd Walker! :-)


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