This mom's viral story of strangers' kindness illustrates how it truly 'takes a village.'

Any parent who's traveled alone with small children knows that the struggle is real.

Traveling with kids is fun, except for the actual traveling part. It's challenging enough to wrangle small children with two parents, but when you're soloing it on a trip with wee ones, it becomes a whole other ballgame.

Something as basic as using the bathroom becomes an enormous ordeal when you have to try to squeeze your luggage and little ones into a bathroom stall, try keep the preschooler from licking the door handle, try to juggle the baby while you do your business, and then repeat the process again to simply wash your hands. Throw in a couple of good, old-fashioned toddler tantrums for funsies, and the joy of traveling alone with kids becomes painfully apparent.


This mom's viral Facebook post about the kindness of strangers illustrates how it truly "takes a village."

Facebook user Becca Kinsey shared a story about what happened when she took a recent flight with her 2-year-old and 5-year-old. The trip wasn't going so well (shocker!), but some fellow moms who've undoubtedly been there stepped in to save the day.

So I thought it was a good idea to fly by myself with a 2 yr old and a 5 year old 😐 we were standing in line in...

Posted by Becca Kinsey on Friday, December 7, 2018

Kinsey shared a photo of one of the women holding her son and told the whole story:

So I thought it was a good idea to fly by myself with a 2 yr old and a 5 year old 😐 we were standing in line in security, on the verge of tears because Wyatt was screaming and James was exhausted. Out of the blue, one mom stops the line for security and says “here, jump in front of me! I know how it is!” Wyatt fell asleep and I was trying to carry everyone’s carry-on when another mom jumps out of her place in line and says “hand me everything, I’ve got it”. When I said thank you to both of them they said “don’t you worry, we’re going to make sure you get on that flight.” The second woman takes evvvverything and helps me get it through security and, on top of all that, she grabs all of it and walks us to the gate to make sure we get on the flight. To top it all off, Wyatt starts to scream at take off before he finally falls back to sleep. After about 45 min, this angel 👇🏼 comes to the back and says “you look like you need a break” and holds Wyatt for the rest of the flight AND walks him all the way to baggage claim, hands him to blake, hugs me and says “merry Christmas!!”

Alllll the warm fuzzies right there. Isn't this the way it should always go?

These women took what could have been a terrible travel experience for this little family and made it a heartwarming story of solidarity and support.

The saying, "It takes a village to raise a child" isn't just about the benefits a child gets from having multiple caregivers. It's also about the vital help a parent receives from those around them who've ridden in this rodeo, who understand what moms or dads might need in the moment, and who step up to help out without hesitation.

Kind strangers are heroes in this world. Becca Kinsey met three of them in one trip, which is wonderful. The more we hear stories like this and realize how much of an impact small acts of kindness can make, the more people will go out of their way to help when they see someone struggling.

Kinsey is now paying that kindness forward with a fundraiser for kids with life-changing illnesses.

Kinsey's post went viral over the weekend, with more than 120,000 shares and counting. So she took advantage of the post's popularity and added an invitation for people to donate $5 to Kidd's Kids, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "provide hope and happiness by creating beautiful memories for families of children with life-altering conditions."

Kidd's Kids organizes trips to Disney World for kids with life-changing illness, and since Kinsey's trip with her kids was to Disney World, the organizations seemed like a fitting way to pay it forward.

EDITED!! Pay it forward :) We were on our way home from Disney World when 3 amazing women stepped up and helped me out. What if everyone that shared the story went to Kidd's Kids and made a $5 donation?! Kidd's Kids take children with life-threatening and life-altering conditions on a 5 day trip to Disney World so they can have a chance to forget at least some of the day to day stressors and get to experience a little magic!!' DONATE HERE!! https://www.facebook.com/kiddskids/

Is there anything better than strangers helping strangers?

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