One elementary bus driver in Dallas is making sure all 70 kids on his bus route have a gift to feel special for the holiday season. On the last day before winter break, the kids on Curtis Jenkins’ bus from Lake Highlands Elementary were treated to a present.
According to NBC DFW, Jenkins and the children would talk about what they wanted for Christmas and he would keep it in his mind. Jenkins originally wanted to plan a gift exchange but his wife Shaneqia mentioned that everyone may not be able to participate so the Jenkins purchased gifts with their own money. Jenkins saved money from every paycheck to buy puzzles, games, and small electronics.
In a statement, the PTA president, Jennifer Wilcox called Jenkins a positive inspiration, “We are just so thankful for his spirit and his kindness and his generosity to the kids. Thank you for being a wonderful example for us all.” Part of the reason Jenkins gives back to the children is that he grew up as a child who did not have much.
“I had an auntie that would buy a pack of socks and she would give us all one pack of socks and wrap it. When you’re going to school and you have a hole in your socks, that new pair of socks meant something to you.” He also wants to show the children that someone does care about them. “I’m not at a job, I’m on a mission from God. 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.”