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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"Born This Way"
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With a doctor nowhere in sight, a plucky papa stepped up to the plate and delivered his own child, <a href="http://www.kens5.com/news/Daddy-delivers-baby-at-hospital-There-was-no-doctor-147243895.html" target="_hplink">KENS5 News reports.</a> In March, David Hererra's wife was in hospital delivery room, ready to push. But the on-call doctor had been called into an emergency delivery and the couple were left on their own. But superdad Hererra didn't hesitate to take control of the situation. Pulling on a pair of surgical gloves, Hererra successfully delivered their fourth child -- a baby girl named Isabel.
Military dad Kevin Camarata returned from Afghanistan just in time for his younger son's birthday. To surprise -- and delight -- his kids, super dad Camarata dressed up as Captain America. In a twist fit for an adventure movie, Disney decided to return the surprise after hearing about the military dad's heroic return -- inviting the entire family to a special screening of "The Avengers" at the Tribeca Film Festival, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/30/kevin-camarata-captain-america-dad_n_1466063.html" target="_hplink">The Huffington Post reports. </a>
An inspiring hero dad, Patrick Hughes, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/hero-dad-helps-disabled-s_n_1344933.html" target="_hplink">quit his job</a> to help his disabled son fulfill his dreams. Patrick's son, also named Patrick, was born without eyes and the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making it impossible for him to walk. But thanks to his father's dedication, Patrick Jr. was able to fulfill his ambitions of being a musician.
Race To The Finish
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To share his daughters' growing years with his ailing mother, Jason Lee has taken these <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/20/jason-lee-kristin-kayla-cute-kids-photos_n_1439665.html?just_reloaded=1" target="_hplink">incredibly adorable photos</a> of his kids. Now, that's one creative papa!
Big Ole' Softy
A soldier home from Kuwait paid an unexpected visit to his father-in-law. The soldier's wife, Cari S., captured the tender moment on camera "My big, tough Daddy turns into a big ole' softy when it comes to his kids, and he is so proud of his son-in-law. As you can see, he is on a business call and walks right by my husband when he comes in. I love his reaction," she wrote in<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJMCKc6uLMI&feature=player_embedded" target="_hplink"> the video's description.</a>
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A military dad who had been serving overseas surprised his 6-year-old daughter in school on her birthday. As Sergeant Adam Page swept his tearful daughter, Bailey, into his arms, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/military-dad-surprises-daughter-at-school-on-birthday_n_1244270.html" target="_hplink">the little girl exclaimed:</a> "That's my only birthday present I wanted is you."