When a father and his four-day-old daughter weren’t allowed to board a flight home, they were stranded in Phoenix until a kind woman helped them out and gave them a place to stay. Rubin Swift had flown from Ohio to pick up his brand new daughter, Ru-Andria, who he just gained custody of. But Frontier airlines wouldn’t let them fly until the baby was seven days old. Rubin had no money for a hotel or to rent a car to drive to Ohio
The only person he knew in Phoenix was a hospital volunteer he’d met a few hours earlier at the NICU when she was helping with his daughter. Rubin called the hospital and asked for her. Joy Ringhofer came to pick the pair up at the airport and brought them home to stay with her until the baby girl was old enough to fly home. And this father is eternally grateful for her kindness.
"We're two different colors and she opened up her door and it never was an issue. My color was never an issue. She loves my baby. She held her. My baby was with her all night. Who does that?"
Joy said "I had such a strong feeling that I needed to do this for him. I know he was a kind and safe man to have in my home and he has been a perfect gentleman. He promised to come back and visit me, and let me see her again," said Ringhofer. "I'm looking forward to that."
The father and daughter left Phoenix on Tuesday.