Tis the season of giving, and for a lot of people, that means taking the opportunity to pay it forward—this is exactly what Jason Aldean is doing.
The country singer recently took to Twitter to share a heartwarming story about a little girl named Lillyanna who decided that for her 10th birthday, she didn’t want gifts; instead, she wanted her party guests to bring items, like toys and warm jackets, that could be donated to less fortunate children.
In return for being so generous, Lillyanna got a special voice message from none other than Jason Aldean personally praising her for what she had done. The young fan got to hear the recording during an interview with a local country music radio show. In the message, Aldean says, “I heard what you were doing this year, giving your presents to needy kids and it’s unbelievable. I think we need more kids to set an example like that.”
He then went on to tell her that in return for her actions, he was going to send her an Aldean-autographed guitar and tickets to any one of his upcoming concerts. Plus a one-on-one meet-and-greet so that he could thank her in person.
On Twitter, Aldean simply wrote, “Lillyanna is what the Christmas season is all about!” with a link to the story on a local news site. The post is definitely a welcome break from the stuff Aldean usually shares on Twitter, which are often just promos for the merchandise available for sale on his web site. Although the story about the young fan still serves as publicity for the country singer, it’s already helping him to connect with fans—all of the comments on the post so far have been about how amazing Aldean is for giving back and thanking him for having such a big heart. As one fan put it, “Great job Lillyanna and awesome of you Jason to thank her for caring for others in a world that is so selfish today.”
In fact, it looks like the tweet even reached the young girl’s father—one of the comments on the post reads, “Thank you for the generosity you have shown my little girl. You have truly touched her heart. I cannot thank you enough.”