Last updated: 10:30 AM ET, Thu September 08 2016

Southwest Celebrates 'Be Kind to Humankind Week' With Heartwarming Story

Airlines & Airports | Janeen Christoff | September 08, 2016

Southwest Celebrates 'Be Kind to Humankind Week' With Heartwarming Story

During Be Kind to Humankind Week, Southwest Airlines is sharing a touching story of kindness between pilots and a young first grader. 

“Jimmy Spagnolo is among the kindest of the kind. Known for his energetic personality and contagious smile, you would never guess what he has been through in his life. When he was only four months old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Throughout the years, he has had to endure various treatments. As of June, his tumor is gone! However, the doctors continue to monitor with frequent scans,” Southwest shared on its Community page. 

Jimmy’s acts of kindness were returned with appreciation onboard a recent Southwest flight from Tampa airport. After skipping up to the pilots to see how they were doing, they answered his many questions about the intracacies of flying a plane. 

“Our Pilots gave him a tour of the cockpit and showed him what they do. You could see his mind spinning with questions, curiosity and happiness! What a priceless memory they gave him,” shared Alyse Blair. 

Flight attendants also made Jimmy feel like a superstar and — true to his nature — Jimmy made a positive impact on the passengers.

“On the way to his seat, Jimmy introduced himself to about 20 different Passengers. He started conversations and asked people where they were going. This is exactly who Jimmy is- curious, caring, loving, and genuinely kind.
Once seated, our Flight Attendants went above and beyond to make Jimmy feel special,” writes Blair. 

READ MORE: How Air New Zealand Showed Kindness In The Face Of Tragedy  

At the end of the flight, the passengers and crew cheered as Jimmy showed exactly what it is like to demonstrate true kindness. 

“Since this week is national Be Kind to Humankind Week, let’s all take the challenge to be a little bit more like Jimmy by showing kindness to all we meet,” says Southwest, challenging everyone to live a little more like Jimmy Spagnolo.


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