A group of students and their parents in South New Jersey surprised their bus driver with an unbelievable thank you present: a trip to the Super Bowl to see his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.
As a decades-long bus driver for Mount Laurel schools, Gary Kelmer told CBS Local “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.”
Parents and students, stunned by Mr. Gary’s daily kindness, raised more than $5,000 in five days to send him and his wife to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
“He’s my favorite bus driver and he’s very, very nice,” said 6-year-old Addyson Smith.
More than 60 people surprised the 66-year-old on Monday at his last bus stop of the day with game tickets, airfare, and personalized Eagles jerseys.
“This a special dream come true,” Kelmer said. “I’m ecstatic. I am ecstatic!”
Mr. Gary’s love of the Birds began at childhood.
“My father took me to Franklin Field in 1960 for the championship,” he said.
“He just goes over and beyond. He’s so kind, he’s a wonderful person, he does so much for the community,” Smith said.
Kelmer says he was invited to six different Super Bowl watch parties but that this experience — in-person — will be something he’ll forever be grateful for.