The holiday season is a time to be with friends and family. Roads are jam-packed with cars making their way home, and airports are bustling with expectant loved ones.
But what about those who ensure we all get home to celebrate? One father took it upon himself to make sure his working daughter wasn’t without company while she worked on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Hal Vaughan’s daughter, Pierce, is a flight attendant with Delta airlines. In order to spend some quality time with his daughter for the holidays, Hal booked seats on all six of her flights. What a dad!
On Hal’s way to Detroit, he sat next to Mike Levy, another passenger, who was so touched by the Vaughan’s story that he shared about it in a now-viral Facebook post.
Levy told CNN, “While chatting with Hal, I mentioned I was heading back home. He then told me about his daughter working as our flight attendant and how he was along for the ride to spend Christmas with her. I was amazed and thought he was such a phenomenal father for going well out of his way to be with his daughter.”
He also mentioned that it was very obvious that Pierce realized what a prize of a father she has. She was obviously tickled by the attention and publicity his act has gotten, sharing Levy’s Facebook post and saying, “Dad’s first trip using his benefits was a success. A special thanks to all of the patient, wonderful gate agents around the country and my perfect crew. He made it on every flight and even got first class RSW-DTW [Southwest Florida to Detroit Metro] (Christmas miracle).
Delta even commented on the heartwarming story, saying, “We appreciate all of our employees for working during the holidays to serve Delta customers, and love seeing this awesome Dad having the chance to spend Christmas with his daughter- even while crisscrossing the country at 30,000 feet.”
Rachel is a wife and mother living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s a fan of good coffee, wearer of gray t-shirts, and is constantly starting books she will never finish. Her family is her joy, and she loves to engage with other moms and dads on matters of parenting. Her blog posts have also been featured on the Today Show Parenting Blog and Scary Mommy.