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Story Of Women Helping Young Mother At Airport Goes Viral

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A Facebook post about a group of women who were total strangers coming to the aid of a helpless mother as her child was throwing a tantrum has gone viral.

The incident occurred at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 2. Beth Bornstein Dunnington took to Facebook to write about a heartwarming moment she said she won't soon forget, Sunny Skyz reported.

Dunnington said she was waiting to board her plane when she saw a young pregnant woman attempting to calm down her child, who appeared to be having a "meltdown." The child was reportedly running around, kicking and screaming and lying on the ground.

At one point, the child is said to have become so out of control that the mother buried her head into her hands and appeared to give up. That's when a group of total strangers -- all women -- intervened and lent a helping hand to the mother.

In a lengthy post, Dunnington wrote about the experience, and part of that post is below:

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Then, this gorgeous thing (I'm crying just writing this)... the women in the terminal, there must have been six or seven of us, not women who knew each other, approached and surrounded her and the little boy and we knelt down and formed a circle around them. I sang 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider' to the little boy... one woman had an orange that she peeled, one woman had a little toy in her bag that she let the toddler play with, another woman gave the mom a bottle of water. Someone else helped the mom get the kid's sippy cup out of her bag and give it to him. It was so gorgeous, there was no discussion and no one knew anyone else, but we were able to calm them both down, and she got her child on the plane. Only women approached. After they went through the door we all went back to our separate seats and didn't talk about it... we were strangers, gathering to solve something. It occurred to me that a circle of women, with a mission, can save the world. I will never forget that moment.

Dunnington's post quickly went viral, garnering more than 51,000 likes in just two weeks. The post was also shared more than 15,000 times.

Several social media users commented on the photo.

"I am brought to tears! I invision a world ... The one we are becoming, where women gather always as needed every where, all the time time... PRN," wrote one Facebook user. "May this movement towards love and light and healing, occur more and more often in my world and in our world. Many Mahalos for sharing your beautiful story!"

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"Thank you for sharing, I had goosebumps," wrote another reader.

"Are you kidding me!! That is so beautiful and not surprising at all that women would make this gesture without giving it a second thought!" added another user. "Women are the most thoughtful, amazing, people on this planet. Sadly under appreciated too.."

Sources: Sunny Skyz, Beth Bornstein Dunnington/Facebook / Featured Image: Prayitno/Flickr / Embedded Images: JadeLux/Wikimedia Commons, TimBray/Wikimedia Commons

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