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Facebook photo reveals kindness of TARC bus driver

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. The Internet can't stop talking about the one from Louisville that captures a TARC bus driver with a big heart and his 3-year-old little friend.

"The driver talks to my son and plays with my son when he gets on the bus," said Rosshell Masden, mother of 3-year-old Tommie Masden. 

"I seen he was just a little bitty fellow, so I said, 'What size does he wear?'" said Chris Jarrett, the driver of TARC route 19. Jarrett's son is a couple years older than Tommie and he remembers how quickly kids grow at that young age. The TARC driver asked the child's mother if she could use some assistance. "He asked me if I would accept some shoes and clothes from him and is wife. They have a lot of new items, or items he (Jarrett's son) may have worn basically only once." After Masden accepted the offer Jarrett gave his word to young Tommie. "I told him that the next time I see you, I'm about to bring you something," said Jarrett.

Chris Jarrett made good on his promise last Thursday at the Park Duvall Head Start stop. It's the same place Tommie and his mother board the bus everyday but the usual riders had no idea what was happening the bus driver suddenly jumped off the bus. "I seen him go to a truck," said passenger Andre Goldwair. "They popped the trunk, and they just started pulling out a bunch of bags."

Jarrett's wife had pulled up to the stop near Duvall Early Childhood Education Center with the clothes her husband had promised a day before in four large trash bags. "I'm thinking he just got put out of the house," said Goldwair.

Tommie's mother knew it was coming but was still shocked by the amount of clothing. "I was just like, 'Oh my God, he's bringing all these bags on the bus," Masden said.

Goldwair eventually figured it out what was happening. "He set the bags next to the kid, and the kids was just like so excited," Goldwair said. "His eyes were as big as I-don't-know-what. He did his little happy dance, stomped his feet, he was real excited. It looked like it was Christmas for him all over."

"When he smiled and laughed, I knew he was happy," said Jarrett.

Tommie is the youngest of six children. Masden said, " It helps a whole lot -- it really, really does, and I was so appreciative."

"I really couldn't believe it," Goldwair said. "I was like, 'Wow, that's powerful.'" 

Andre Goldwair is the one who took the cell phone photo that eventually went viral online: 4,000 likes on Facebook, and 750 shares and counting.

"I was shocked," Jarrett said. "I don't even have a Facebook account."

Tommie Masden was decked out in his new duds at school Monday-- and just before the 3-year-old drifted off to sleep, he sent a message to his friend on Tarc 19. 

"Thank you," Tommie said.

A picture, worth a 1,000 words -- though you only need one to tell this story....kindness 

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