When Alexa Bjornson put her seven-year-old son Landon on a flight by himself, she equipped him with a note to give to the person next to him.
Landon, who was flying to Portland, Oregon, to stay with his dad, has high-functioning autism.
It was with some trepidation, therefore, that Alexa, 28, said goodbye to her son.
However, the measures she took to make sure Landon would be OK came back to her in an unexpected way – and warmed her heart.
In a post which has since captured hearts, Alexa wrote on Facebook: “I sent Landon with a letter to give to whoever sat next to me saying he has high functioning autism so he might be nervous and ask you ‘are we there yet’ a lot, and please just make him feel safe and comfortable, with 10 dollars in the note.”
Alexa was later completely taken aback to get a reply from a man named Ben.
“Alexa, he wrote. “My name is Ben. I was Landon’s seat neighbor for his flight to Portland. He did ask if we were there yet several times but he was a great travel buddy.
“We had a good time and played a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors. He’s a great kid and you’re a lucky mom.
“I appreciate the $10 but it wasn’t necessary. I donated it to Autism-Society.org in honor of Landon. Have a great day!”
Since sharing her story, Alexa has been overwhelmed by the response she has received.
“I want to thank Ben all over again. He is amazing,” the waitress and bartender from Las Vegas, told TODAY Parents.
“It is a very humbling experience and I just hope that it raises awareness that if you see children having a hard time – or not – that just a kind gesture can change the outlook in their lives.”