Reader-submitted: Hakaras Hatov, and an Appreciative Bus Driver

letterReader-submitted: We gave our son’s bus driver, Frank, a pumpkin pie on thanksgiving in appreciation for working on the holiday, and a mug with chocolates as a holiday gift to again thank him for getting our boys to school safely each day.

Attached is the beautiful thank you note that we received in return. I think it’s a great opportunity to show how far a small token of appreciation can go and what a kiddush hashem it made!

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  1. That’s very refreshing to see… Being a teacher in a Lakewood mosos, I always cringe at the thought that the bus drivers must hate frum Yidden by now, as boys are seemingly very wild (and sometimes chutzphadik). I hope I’m wrong and that this is how most drivers feel…
    It’s always important to make sure that we do our best to make a Kiddush Hashem, especially while in Galus. Remember, America is a ‘foreign’ (though kind) land and not our true final home.

  2. Amazing gesture on your part. Bus drivers are underappreciated usually. And I’m sure it was a big lesson for your son when you gave him the present to give the driver, the world needs more ppl like u

  3. I understand some kids might be a little wild but all in all I think our children make a kiddush HaShem I always give giftf and we have a lot to be proud of!!!!

  4. Hands down frank is the best driver in town. It makes such a difference in a kids day when the driver gives a warm smile. Thanks frank for always going the extra mile. Lucky kid!

  5. Frank is awesome. Drivers are under appreciated. Small tokens mean a lot, especially if it’s from a parent whose child gives the most grief. Children will be children but there is no gift better than respect. I drive because I love to do it, when dealing with manish children, the job becomes less enjoyable. Some days it takes more patience than others But driving is truly my hobby. “Love what you do and you’ll never work a dag in your life”, that’s my mantra.

  6. I always write a nice note and include a tip to the bus drivers (and there are so many) but neither me nor my children even get a “thank you”…..

  7. Nice story! I think when children see their parents show appreciation and respect to EVERYONE, that goes a long way in Chinuch!!! Good job parents, BE’H you should see the fruits of your positive actions!

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