U.S. Army veteran John Lunceford has been driving a school bus for three years now but what he did recently will define his career. This is the true kindness that we are now severely lacking as a nation.
Lunceford noticed that a young boy was very cold, in pain, and crying from the freezing temperatures in Kennewick, Washington. What he did next was simple, yet made a huge impact.
After dropping the students off at the school, Lunceford headed to the Dollar Store and bought 10 sets of gloves and warm knit hats.
The Kennewick School District reported on Facebook:
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.”
This veteran could have just ignored the situation and went on his way, many would. He made a huge impact on some children in Washington and every day that their heads and hands are warm at that stop, they will remember why. Hopefully they will take that act of kindness into their adult lives.
The district took it a step further and set up a way to impact more during this cold season. If you are interested in helping more Kennewick children in need with items such as hats, gloves, coats, and shoes, please donate to InvestED. School donations are matched so you will be doubling your donation: bit.ly/KSDInvestED
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