While Washington state is known for its rain, what people don’t realize is that it gets a special kind of cold, a wet cold. The only way to have a shot of staying warm is to have a good pair of gloves, shoes and hat. For one particular kid, he didn’t have that.
A bus driver by the name of John Lunceford was making his rounds when he noticed that one of his pickups had a young child without gloves or a hat. He decided that wasn’t acceptable, and now his actions have gone viral in the best way possible:
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. #iamksd