Bus Driver Shares Gloves with Freezing Cold Student

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The job of a school bus driver is quite simple; just get the kids to and from school safely and on time. But last week, one bus driver went the extra mile to make sure the kids riding on his bus were able to stay warm on the way to school.

John Lunceford, a veteran of the U.S. Army, drives a school bus in the Kennewick School District in the souther part of Washington state. It gets cold in Washington this time of year, and Lunceford has noticed that the kids on his bus aren’t always dressed for the elements.

Last week on Lunceford’s bus, one of the students boarded the bus in tears. His hands were beat red from waiting for the bus in freezing cold temperatures without any gloves.

So Lunceford did something about it; he gave the student his gloves. “I put my gloves on him and told him it’ll be OK, it’ll be OK,” explains Lunceford, who’s been working for the school district for three years.

After dropping the kids off at school, Lunceford went shopping, picking up 10 pairs of gloves and 10 winter hats to give to the kids on his bus that need them. Lunceford made sure that the boy he gave his own gloves to was the first to receive a new set of gloves and hat.

Lunceford has told all the kids on his route that they should come to him if they don’t have a proper hat and gloves to get them through the winter months. “There was a little girl who said ‘I don’t have a hat,’ and I said, ‘I’ll take care of you, sweetie,'” Lunceford recalls.

It’s a small gesture on Lunceford’s part, but one that will make a real difference for the kids on his bus route this winter. “I’m a grandfather, you know,” he says. “No one wants a kid to suffer like that.”