For many Americans, winter gear can be an added expense that they simply can’t afford for themselves or their kids. While on his route last Thursday morning, a school bus driver from Kennewick, WA named John Lunceford picked up a crying child who was standing in the freezing Northwest temperatures without a hat or scarf on.
Looking at the child’s red face, ears, and hands, John removed his own gloves and placed them on the young boy, telling the child “it’ll be OK, it’ll be OK,” according to a post on the Kennewick School District Facebook page.
Lunceford, a U.S Army veteran, went to the dollar store after dropping off his students to purchase ten pairs of stocking hats and gloves, then returned to the school. Lunceford, who has been driving for the Kennewick School District for three years, headed straight to the administrative office so they could help him find the young boy from earlier that morning.
After finding the child in the library, and giving him gloves and a hat, he also told all the kids in the library who were on his route that if they need winter gear he would get it for them. “I’m a grandfather, you know,” Lunceford said. “No one wants a kid to suffer like that.”
After the school’s administrators posted the touching story on Facebook, it quickly went viral, prompting them to set up a donation page where others can lend a helping a hand to the kids in their district.
Want to help a child near your this winter? Donate winter clothes to a local shelter or Salvation Army.