Compared to New England and other northern climes, the South does not have much experience with winter snowfall. Although snow is not entirely a foreigner below the Mason-Dixon line, it’s more like the crazy aunt who prefers to send gifts than come to the birthday party in person. That’s why a December snowstorm took Alabama by surprise when it rolled into town and layered the roads in white just around Christmas time.
As soon as the snow was in the forecast, school officials jumped into action. They were not going to get caught with their pants down again. This time, they vowed, they would handle the snow the right way and keep all the children safe.
Wayne Price wanted to ensure children would be safe this winter. He has worked as a bus driver since 2013 and prides himself in developing a bond with every student he serves during his job. And because the snow was in the forecast, he knew that the students in Montevallo could go without if they had a snow day. Many children rely on the National School Lunch Program for their meals. If school gets canceled unexpectedly because of the snow, many children could starve.
With snowfall imminent, Wayne prepared. He refused to let these hungry students go without breakfast because of the conditions. That’s why Wayne took to the roads himself, putting his life at risk, for the children. He stopped at a local McDonald’s restaurant to pick up breakfast for the hunger youngins who lived on his route.
Wayne made sure to purchase enough biscuits so every child boarding his bus for the late start would have something to put into their stomachs. In the end, her purchase about 50 sandwiches, which made the kids so happy.
After his story made the news, he told ABC 33 about his generosity and how the children reacted.
“One of the kids said, ‘Oh, Mr. Price, you must be rich.’ I am not rich. I am in full-time ministry . but you sit there and think about it, you take your family out to dinner, and you can drop $50 going out to dinner, and it was nothing more than taking my family out to dinner. When it came down to the financial side, it was just second nature. I really did not think about it. I thought, hey this would be neat. I bet they will like this.”
As the story made it out of Alabama and became a national sensation, TODAY contacted Wayne for an interview. He told them:
“When the kids got on I said, ‘So, what do ya want? Sausage? McMuffin?’ I got some sweet kids and I get really attached to them . They were really appreciative. I dunno. I just love my kids. I got lots of fist pumps, lots of high-fives, lots of ‘Love you Mr. Price,’ lots of ‘Thank you Mr. Price.'”
Wayne proved he was a hero. And fifth-grader Elizabeth Lopez told ABC 33 as much.
“I did not think he was going to do it. I am really thankful for having him as a bus driver, and he feels like a dad to me.”
What do you make of this bus driver’s generosity?
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