A Texas school bus driver made a difference for his student riders by saving up his own money to buy each one a Christmas gift, reported NBCDFW.
Driver Curtis Jenkins has driven for Richardson Independent School District near Dallas for seven years. On the last day of school before winter break, he surprised his Lake Highlands Elementary School students with a bus packed full of presents he had purchased himself.
Jenkins had saved money from each paycheck to get small gifts like a puzzle, small electronics or games. There was one for each student.
When parents heard of his plan, one parent purchased a bicycle for a child and another donated $100.
Earlier this year, Jenkins had decided to do something special for the students who rode his bus. He initially planned to host a gift exchange, but out of concern for students unable to purchase something, he decided to extend his generosity further.
“Seeing the faces of those kids was more than anything that I could ever do with the money,” he declared.
The school’s PTA president Jennifer Wilcox said that Jenkins’ gesture is much appreciated by families throughout the district.