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The Story Of This Veteran Bus Driver Will Kick You Right In The Christmas Spirit

via Kennewick School District

via Kennewick School District

Doesn’t this guy just look like a dude Tom Hanks is going to win an Oscar for playing one day? Between the mustache, the practical construction jacket, and the slight smirk, this guy has ‘everyman hero Tom Hanks role’ written all over him. I’d see this movie in a heartbeat. I’d pay to watch Tom Hanks read a movie script for two hours, let alone to see him actually acting.

Anyway, future Tom Hanks character John Lunceford is an Army veteran and a school bus driver at Kennewick School District in Washington. When Lunceford saw a little boy crying from the cold upon boarding his bus last week, he took it upon himself to do something. Lunceford, who is a grandfather himself, gave him his own gloves and told him everything would be OK.

That day after he dropped off his students at school, Lunceford then went to a dollar store and bought 10 hats and 10 pairs of gloves in black and pink. He went back to the school and, with an administrator’s help, found the little boy to give him a hat and a set of gloves. Lunceford then told all of the school’s children in the library that if they were in need of a hat or gloves, he’d have them covered. 

Via Inside Edition:

A little girl told him she needed a hat and he replied, “Sweetie, I’ll give it to you when you get on the bus tonight.” And he did.

“It’s not that big of a deal,” he said Monday. “I just did a nice thing for a kid.” He doesn’t like attention and he doesn’t understand what the fuss is about.

“I wasn’t doing it for popularity. I did it because it was the right thing to do. That’s the way I was raised,” he said. And he’s no different than any of the drivers he works with, he says.

“There are bus drivers who buy shoes for kids that need them,” he said. “We all really like the kids.”

Like I said, a swift kick right in the Christmas spirit. Honestly, more so than the story, it’s this guy’s f*cking face. This guy’s face just screams kindness and empathy and I’m already ready to donate to his eventual Kickstarter for his hat and glove startup.

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