Delta Airlines Reunites Boy With Deceased Dad's T-Shirt (VIDEO)

04/22/2013 10:30 pm ET | Updated Apr 23, 2013

Flight delays and baggage restrictions not withstanding, Delta is fast becoming our favorite airline.

Cole Holzer, 7, of Casselton, N.D., lost his father, Bryan, to a freak accident two years ago, according to ABC news affiliate WDAY. Bryan Holzer passed away after he fell while putting up Christmas lights, and the shirt he was wearing has since become his son's favorite keepsake.

"He will lay out and spray his dad's cologne on it and cuddle up with it and sing the daddy song to go to bed," Cole's mother Tonya Holzer told WDAY.

Understandably, the boy was devastated when his father's shirt was left behind on an airplane during a family trip to San Diego in March.

"We get in the car ... and he suddenly screams I lost it, I can't find it, I can't find it,” Tonya Holzer told the news source.

Kelly Cruchet, a family friend, then contacted the airline in the hope of finding the shirt. When it didn't turn up in a sweep of the aircraft, the attendants took their search a step further: to the garbage can.

A Delta attendant was reportedly so moved by Cruchet's plea that she told her, "We have ground crews looking through the garbage. And I am going to help."

The crew was finally able to find the shirt and contacted Cole and his mom with the good news. "They cried all the way back to the airport," Cruchet wrote in a letter to Delta shared by ABC.

Cruchet commended the helpful crew members in her letter and said:

As a friend stated, 'Delta allowed a daddy to still be there for his little boy'…even if he can't be with him on earth. You all went so far above and beyond ... YOU ARE MY FAVORITE PEOPLE I HAVE NEVER MET!

Earlier this year, a Los Angeles boy was reunited with a stuffed bunny from his deceased grandmother thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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