I was busy programming my flight computer for a JFK to San Francisco flight, when I heard the lead flight attendant make a public address announcement. "If I could have your attention for a moment", she said. She continued with, "We have a mother and young child that do not have seats together. I am looking for two volunteers with adjacent seats who would like to volunteer to give up their seats, so they can sit together". A few minutes later I heard her ask again for seat volunteers.
I picked up the cabin inter phone and made an announcement over the public address system. I said, "Barbara, this is the captain speaking, If you cannot find two volunteers to give up their seats, the copilot and I are more than happy to give our seats away to the mother and child". I heard laughter from the first class section over my ridiculous statement.
I turned around to look into the first class section. As I did so, I saw two first class passengers get up out of their seats and walk back into coach. Less than a minute later I saw a woman and a small boy sit in the same two first class seats. Yes, they sat next to each other. Gotta say I was pretty impressed with that random act of kindness.
I told the copilot what I had just witnessed and he said, "Hell boss, if it makes you feel any better I would be more than willing to give up my seat for yours". I am still mad at myself for not having a snappy comeback for that one, all I could muster was, "Alright smart ass, before start checklist".