When you get an amazing school bus driver, you treat him or her like gold—or, in the case of a New Jersey community, you buy him tickets to watch his favorite team play in Super Bowl LII. The AP reports on the obsession Gary Kelmer has for the Philadelphia Eagles, who will go up against the New England Patriots in Minneapolis on Sunday, and how parents Amy and Izaak Smith wanted to reward "Mr. Gary" for how well he takes care of their two young kids and others while they're in his charge, including playing the "coolest" tunes, handing out candy, and even letting their youngest (not yet a Kelmer "regular) speak into his PA system. That's all per the GoFundMe the Smiths set up for Kelmer, raising just over $5,000 (their goal) to pay for tickets, hotel, and airfare for Kilmer and his wife to attend the Super Bowl, Today reports.
Amy Smith says the idea came about after the Eagles won the NFC and she saw the next morning that Kelmer, who often sports Eagles attire and leads the kids in singing the team's fight song, was actually "crying with excitement." Her husband suggested setting up the fundraiser, and more than 100 people chipped in for the special gift. The Smiths and other members of the community surprised Kelmer as he pulled up to his last drop-off on Monday, presenting him with the tickets and two personalized Eagles jerseys: one for "Mr. Gary" and one for "Mrs. Gary." Kelmer last saw the Eagles win the biggest NFL prize in 1960, when it was simply called the NFL championship instead of the Super Bowl. "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!" the tearful 66-year-old reacted, per the Burlington County Times. "I don't know what to say. This is a special dream come true. I'm ecstatic."
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