Bus driver John Lunceford regularly shuttles kids to school in the Kennewick School District in Washington. But on this particular wintery day, he noticed a little boy crying when he boarded the bus.
Lunceford noticed the boy’s hands and ears were flushed red because he wasn’t bundled up for the cold. The U.S. Army veteran immediately jumped into action, and what he did to help the upset boy in need touched hearts in the community and abroad.
The Kennewick School District shared the story on Facebook, writing:
“Our staff members have big hearts and on Thursday one bus driver acted on his when he saw a student in need.
“The student was crying when he boarded John Lunceford’s bus. Lunceford noticed how red the student’s exposed hands and ears were after he’d waited for the bus in the freezing temperatures that morning.
“‘I put my gloves on him and told him it’ll be OK, it’ll be OK,’ says Lunceford, a U.S. Army veteran in his third year driving buses for Kennewick School District.
“Right after dropping his bus full of students at school, Lunceford headed to a dollar store. He bought ten stocking hats and ten sets of gloves, in black or pink, and headed back to the school.
“He didn’t know the student’s name so had an administrator help track him down. They found the boy in the library with his class and Lunceford handed a hat and pair of gloves to him.
“‘I’m a grandfather, you know,’ Lunceford says. ‘No one wants a kid to suffer like that.’
“The onset of winter weather means families need to send their students off each day wearing heavy coats as well as hats and gloves or mittens. Our staff are always willing to help families find any items they need.
“The little boy won’t be the last student Lunceford helps out. He told all the students in the school’s library that if they were on his route and didn’t have hats or gloves, he’d take care of them.
“‘There was a little girl who said ‘I don’t have a hat,’ and I said I’ll take care of you, sweetie,’ Lunceford says.”
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The school received an “overwhelming and positive response to this story” and received an outpouring of donations to help other children in need of gloves, hats, shoes and more.
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