- Curtis Jenkins, a school-bus driver in Texas, bought a Christmas gift for every student on his bus.
- He set aside money from his paychecks over the last few months to buy the gifts.
- “Seeing the faces of those kids was more than anything that I could ever do with the money,” Jenkins said.
Curtis Jenkins, a bus driver in Texas, knows the true meaning of Christmas: He bought each of the students who take his bus a present.
The day before Lake Highlands Elementary School’s Christmas break, Jenkins packed his bus with wrapped gifts for each student.
“He asked every kid on the bus what they wanted for Christmas and then BOUGHT IT FOR THEM,” the school wrote in a Facebook post. “This reminds us how much good there is in the world and how we should all strive to be a little more like Curtis.”
His wife, Shaneqia Jenkins, told NBC 5 he had been planning on doing something special for the children for months. He originally wanted to do a gift exchange, but she told him some children might not be able to afford it. Curtis said he remembers being a child and not getting a lot for Christmas, so he decided to buy each child their own gift.
“I had an auntie that would buy a pack of socks and she would give us all one pack of socks and wrap it,” Curtis Jenkins told NBC 5. “When you’re going to school and you have a hole in your socks, that new pair of socks meant something to you.”
For the past few months, Jenkins set aside money from every paycheck. With some financial help from parents who heard what he was doing, Jenkins was able to buy games, a bike, and even small electronics for the kids.
Ethan Ingle, an 11-year-old boy on Jenkins’ bus, received a pair of headphones in his favourite colour, red.
“I really like them, they are awesome,” Ingle told NBC 5.
Lake Highlands’ Facebook post is filled with loving comments from parents and people within the district.
“It’s amazing for so many reasons,” Renee Barry Barfoot wrote. “I’m in tears thinking about the salary of a bus driver and the gift he’s given these kids to know that their driver cherishes each one of them.”
Another commenter, Jo Coode Salinas, wrote, “May this kind, generous gentleman be blessed tenfold for the love he has shared with those children.”
Jenkins wants to set an example of kindness for the children.
“I’m not at a job, I’m on a mission from God,” Jenkins told NBC 5. “I don’t say anything about religion to the kids. I just let them know whatever they love is fine with me, just love somebody on the way.”
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