She rode in coach for the flight, and the incident may have never even been known except a fellow passenger, Jemele Hill, a columnist for ESPN, decided to tweet the incident to the world. As she tweeted, “Just saw actress Amy Adams do something incredibly classy. She gave her 1st class seat to an American soldier. I’m an even bigger fan now.” Had the tweet never happened, it’s likely nobody would have known what had happened. As Hill explained it, Adams noticed the soldier when checking in in Detroit and discreetly asked for her seat to be given to the soldier, and spent the flight in coach instead.
When word got out, Adams was quick to explain it wasn’t a publicity stunt for herself, but a thank you for the soldier. She comes from a military family which puts her in a good position to know about the sacrifices they make. For those who want to follow her lead, you might want to consider sending a care package to a soldier serving overseas (it doesn’t have to cost a lot and can make a world of difference).
We could all learn a lesson or two from this unselfish act. What it really shows is that it doesn’t take a lot to make a difference in this way. While we all can’t afford to do something as generous as Amy Adams did, there are a lot of opportunities anyone can do to help make someone’s day better with out it costing a lot. It’s simply a matter of taking the time to be considerate and make the effort to make someone else’s day a little brighter by doing something unexpected.
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