A bus driver opened the door to his school bus to find something completely shocking — and what happened next went viral.
Kennewick School District wrote about the incident, which involved driver John Lunceford — an Army veteran turned bus driver.
Lunceford was driving his bus when he opened the door and noticed a boy crying, the district explained in a Facebook page.
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.”
Kennewick said that their staff is “always willing to help families find any items they need” and that Lunceford promised to look out for all the students who were on his bus route and didn’t have a hat or gloves to wear.
“There was a little girl who said ‘I don’t have a hat,’ and I said I’ll take care of you, sweetie,” he said.
The veteran’s amazing, selfless act quickly went viral, with many readers praising his actions.
“God Bless you sir for your service for America and for your kindness for these children,” one reader wrote on Mad World News’ Facebook page.
“Thanks for your service sir and your kindness to those children when needed,” another added.