An Oregon grandfather wanted to do something special for his 10 grandchildren this Christmas after realizing they were having trouble commuting to their small school, which doesn’t provide busing.
Doug Hayes solved that problem with a gift that could be used for years to come. He bought a small school bus named “Grandfather Express” so he could drive his grandchildren to school each morning, according to KGW-TV.
“Every year we make a big deal and every week coming into Christmas, Advent, every week we give them a gift,” Hayes told KGW-TV.
“I thought, ‘Gee whiz, maybe there’s some way that I can give them a memory that will last all their life,'” he added.
A sweet video, shot by a family member, shows the excited reaction of the grandchildren to the bus when they saw Hayes drive up in it.
“It was a big surprise,” one grandchild explained.
“I was really stunned,” Hayes’ grandson Christian Hayes said. “I never expected him to buy a bus.”
The children said they cannot wait to hop on board for their first ride to school in January, KGW-TV reported.
Hayes hopes the unique Christmas gift will be remembered for years to come.
“Well, there is a sense of pride and excitement,” Hayes said. “Who does this? This is crazy. We’re so excited about it, and it’s something we are hopeful they will carry in their lives.”