Rabbi Bentzion Groner and his wife Rochel were on their way back from a trip to Israel when they found themselves in the right place at the right time.
One hour into the eight-hour connecting flight from Europe, a young boy with autism had a meltdown, which isn’t something you can just calm down like flipping off a switch. Plane passengers kept quiet as the little guy continued expressing his distress… but it was clear that everyone was on edge.
It just so happens that the Groners run an organization called ZABS Place, an upscale thrift boutique shop and employment training center for young adults with disabilities. After about 15 minutes of the meltdown, Rochel walked over to the parents and asked if she could help.
Rochel reached out her hand, which the boy grabbed, and then took him to the bulkhead where she spent the next few hours comforting and playing with him.
The Groners believe that the recipe for a miracle is very simple indeed. All you need is a heart full of love and a helping hand for any wonderful thing to happen. And that certainly proved true on that day.
According to their Facebook post, most passengers on the flight watched in awe while Rochel effortlessly soothed the young child who seemed inconsolable.
Her example just goes to show, you never know how far the ripples of your kindness will go.
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