Rebekka Garvison was struggling to calm her daughter when Nyfesha Miller offered to help

By Tara Fowler
Updated September 30, 2015 08:00 AM
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Credit: Rebekka Garvison/Facebook

A stranger’s unexpected kindness made one woman’s day last week.

Rebekka Garvison had been planning a surprise trip to visit her husband Nick, a member of the U.S. Army, in Fort Rucker, Alabama, for ages. But she was nervous about flying with her baby girl, Rylee, for the first time. As Garvison boarded the plane and took her seat, Rylee began to sob and nothing Garvison could do would calm her.

That’s when the “amazing” woman sitting next to her offered to help. “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 a Facebook post hailing Nyfesha Miller’s actions.

“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,” Garvison continued. “As soon as she had her, Rylee was looking out the window and stopped crying. 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 was so moved by Miller’s kindness, she thanked her profusely in the lengthy Facebook post, which has since been shared nearly 100,000 times.

“Nyfesha Miller, you will never understand how happy this act of kindness has made my family,” Garvison wrote. “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.

“It brought tears to my eyes while I sat there and watched you and Rylee sleeping next to me. I just couldn’t believe how that ended up working out and how caring you were to us. Thank you SO much!!”

Touched by the outpouring of support, Miller replied to the heartfelt post: “Just comes to show you how little acts of kindness really do go a long way.”