School bus driver buys hat, gloves for student crying from cold

KENNEWICK, WA (WKRN) – A bus driver in Washington is receiving praise after he purchased hats and gloves for his students after he noticed one crying from exposure to the cold.

The Kennewick School District posted about John Lunceford’s good deed on its Facebook page.

The district reported the cold student was crying when he boarded Lunceford’s bus.

Lunceford reportedly noticed the student’s exposed hands and ears were red after he’d waiting for the bus in freezing temperatures that morning.

“I put my gloves on him and told him ‘It’ll be OK, it’ll be OK,’” said Lunceford, a U.S. Army veteran in his third year driving buses for Kennewick School District.

After he dropped off his students at school, Lunceford went to a discount store and bought ten sets of hats and gloves, in black or pink, and returned to the school.

Lunceford didn’t know the student’s name so he had an administrator help track him down. The boy was found in the library with his class and Lunceford gave him his new hat and gloves.

“I’m a grandfather, you know,” Lunceford said. “No one wants a kid to suffer like that.”

The district said the little boy won’t be the last student Lunceford helps out.

“There was a little girl who said ‘I don’t have a hat,’ and I said ‘I’ll take care of you, sweetie,’” said Lunceford.

Lunceford told all the students in the school’s library that if they were on his route and didn’t have hats or gloves, he would take care of them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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