Gone are the days when passengers on planes are treated to a free meal. Now all you seem to get are pretzels, peanuts, and soda. Getting breakfast, lunch, or dinner on a flight is going to cost you — likely more than you'd anticipate for the amount of food you get.

Love What Matters recently shared a story by Denny Kukich (transcribed by Beverly Brass) in which he shared a plane with a number of soldiers who were heading to Petawawa, Ontario. The soldiers would take part in special training there and promptly deploy to Afghanistan. When flight attendants announced that lunch was for sale, the soldiers chose not to spend their money, instead waiting until they got to base.

It was a long flight, and Kukich didn't want the soldiers to go hungry. He made his way to the back of the plane and handed an attendant a $50 bill. "Take a lunch to all those soldiers," he told her. Tears welled in her eyes. "My son was a soldier in Iraq; it's almost like you are doing it for him," she told Kukich. 

The soldiers got their food, but Kukich's recognition did not end there. Moments later, the same flight attendant brought Kukich a meal from first class. When he visited the restroom later, a fellow passenger stopped him and handed him $25, telling him, "I saw what you did. I want to be a part of it." It wasn't the last donation Kukich would receive. 

Later in the flight, Kukich was relaxing in his seat when he noticed the flight captain heading down the aisle. "I hoped he was not looking at me," he remarked in the Facebook post. Apparently word had traveled fast, and the captain wanted to thank Kukich for his kind gesture. The captain informed Kukich that he was a former military pilot.

Before Kukich went on his way, he handed to the soldiers the money that he had been given by his fellow passengers. "As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return," he noted.

The touching tale has been shared over 250,000 times and liked by over 350,000 individuals. Kukich's gesture will not be soon forgotten.