It was bitterly cold, and a little boy waiting for his school bus had no gloves and no hat.
He was crying when he clambered on board, and driver John Lunceford didn’t like that one bit.
“His ears were red and his hands were pink,” Lunceford told InsideEdition.com Monday. “I took my work gloves off and put them on his hands and he cried all the way to school.”
Lunceford, 52, is a grandfather and he doesn’t like to see any child suffer. So he went down to a local store not far from the Kennewick, Washington, school, and purchased 10 hats and ten sets of gloves.
He took them back to the school and gave one of each to the boy, who is a regular on his route and “only about 6,” Lunceford explained. He told the other kids that if they needed a hat or gloves, he was the man to see.
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.
This was last week. Now Lunceford, who's been driving since 2007, is an internet sensation thanks to a story posted on the Kennewick School District’s Facebook page.
“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.”
And they all want the children to be well and happy, and in this case, warm.
“Kids can’t fend for themselves,” he said. “It’s up to us adults to take care of them.”
He doesn’t know why the little boy was without a hat or gloves. “Maybe he just forgot them that day,” he said.
But he has plenty of spares in stock for any other little ones who, for whatever reason, need warm coverings for their heads and hands on very cold days.
“I’m an old softie,” he said.