KENNEWICK, Washington — A school bus driver in Kennewick, Washington, did something beautiful when he saw a freezing cold child board the bus.
The Kennewick School District shared the act of kindness on its Facebook page.
They said the student was crying when he boarded the bus being driven by John Lunceford.
Lunceford noticed how red the students hands and ears were after he had waited for the bus in the freezing temperatures that morning.
The driver, a U.S. Army veteran in his third year driving buses for the district, said, “I put my gloves on him and told him it’ll be OK; it’ll be OK.”
After dropping off the students at school, the district said Lunceford went to the store, bought 10 hats and 10 sets of gloves and went back to the school to give the little boy one of the hats and pairs of gloves.
Lunceford told all the students that if they were on his route and didn’t have hats or gloves, he would take care of them. That’s when a little girl also said she didn’t have a hat. “I said I’ll take care of you, sweetie.” Lunceford said he’s a grandfather and would never want a child to suffer like that.
The district also shared a reminder for parents: “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.”