At Montevallo Elementary School in Alabama, about 75 percent of students are low-income and rely on a program at the school that provides them with breakfast and lunch.
So, when breakfast was canceled due to a delay recently, a bus driver stepped up to help, according to People.
Wayne Price has been driving elementary, middle, and high school students to and from school since 2013.
He started the bus driving position after was convinced by a friend who is a school principal. He’d previously been working full-time in ministry, but it didn’t take long for him to find joy in the job.
Price told ABC3340:
“I was just amazed at how quick I fell in love with the kids. I work with teenagers and college-aged students for most of time dealing with youth ministry, but God developed a love in me for all the ages.”
The bus driver has developed a close bond with students. So when there was a delay last Tuesday, he couldn’t help but worry about them.
Price stopped by McDonald’s to buy himself a sandwich — then decided to buy 50 more. That way, none of the children on his bus would go hungry.
The bus driver said:
“One of the kids said, ‘oh, Mr. Price, you must be rich.’ I am not rich. I am in full-time ministry. I am not rich, 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.”
The bus driver said many of the kids gave him fist bumps and thanked him for giving them breakfast. One fifth-grader said:
“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.”
The school has since thanked Price for sharing “the spirit of Christmas.”