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Teen's Act of Kindness for Blind, Deaf Man on Flight Goes Viral

Teen's Act of Kindness for Blind, Deaf Man on Flight Goes Viral

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By    |   Sunday, 24 June 2018 08:57 PM

A California teenager who helped a blind and deaf man who was alone on a cross-country flight has gone viral, CBS News reported on Sunday.

Clara Daly was on an Alaska Airlines flight with her mom, Jane, last week when shortly after takeoff an announcement was made on the plane's speaker if anyone knew sign language.

Clara, who started learning sign language about a year ago because she is dyslexic and thought it might help her communicate better, volunteered to help.

"They thought that he might need something and they weren't sure how to communicate," Clara told CBS Los Angeles.

The man, Tim Cook was on his way to Portland after visiting his sister in Boston, according to CNN.

Clara signed each letter into the palm of his hand, and helped him communicate with the flight attendants, assisting him to ask for water and how much time was left for the flight.

Near the end of the six-hour flight, Cook asked for her again.

"He didn't need anything," Clara told CBS Los Angeles. He was just like lonely and wanted to talk.

Jane took photos of Clara helping the man and shared them on Facebook after they landed back home in California.

Others on the flight also posted about the incident on Facebook, including a passenger named Lynette Scribner, who took a photo of one of the moments Clara was communicating with the man. That post has been shared about half a million times.

Clara told CNN that during her conversation with Cook, she learned about his past as a salesman, and he asked her about her life.

"We talked about our family in Massachusetts and he asked me about my plans for my future," Clara said.

Alaska Airlines also posted a blog in which one of the flight attendants said Cook "was very excited to have someone he could speak" to and that Clara was "an angel."

The airline said Cook is a resident of a senior living community, and a service provider for the facility met him at the gate after the flight arrived in Portland.

Clara told CNN, "I hope this helps other people realize that in the world we are living in, it is everyone's duty to help each other out, no matter what."

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A California teenager who helped a blind and deaf man who was alone on a cross-country flight has gone viral, CBS News reported on Sunday. Clara Daly was on an Alaska Airlines flight with her mom, Jane, last week when shortly after takeoff an announcement was made on the...
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