While most people rather spend their free time doing things that are not work related, this is not the case for 43-year-old Trudy Serres. When she is not working as a bus driver for Summit Elementary School in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Trudy works at a second shift for no pay at all. Her second job satisfies her own emotional well being, which is particularly interesting considering she does it for the sake of others.
Her second job is crocheting unique toys for every singly one of the children she has aboard her school bus, something she does out of pure joy knowing she is making the kids feel special and appreciated.
“She is the best,” one of the student’s parents told ABC News. “She can control them. She is their second mom when they’re on her bus. She’s just amazing. She does everything for these kids. She’s very loving and caring, and I love her. I am so grateful she is going to be our bus driver next year.”
Trudy’s love for the craft started when her ten-year-old son requested she would make her a replica of his favorite food made purely out of crochet. That was quite the challenge as her son’s favorite food was tacos, but one Trudy was more than willing to take upon herself nonetheless.
Presenting her son with her handmade taco toy, the boy felt immensely proud – and immediately showed it off to his friends, who were quick to ask for a personalized crochet craft as well. Her “bus babies” were all too ecstatic when she offered to make each and every one of them one as well – and the rest was history. The driver knitted everything from stuffed animals, to Star Wars characters, to food and knick knacks.
Trudy explained why she continues to make her little works of art for the children, despite receiving no payment at all: “Found out from parents that some take them to bed, some go to church with them,” says Trudy. “Some had to go on vacation with them. Makes my heart melt that these little items mean so much to these beautiful children.”