Five of Doug Hayes's ten grandkids are old enough to ride the school bus he bought them for Christmas, which he's calling the "Grandfather Express."

“So there we were, enjoying a nice dinner out to celebrate Doug’s 59th birthday last June,” Amy Hayes, a grandma in Gladstone, Oregon posted on Facebook recently. “Just for fun conversation I say, ‘Well, you’re officially going to be old next year, anything you need to check off your bucket list? Anything you need to do in your last year before 60?”

Doug thought about it for a while, according to Amy. Then he answered, “I want a bus so I can go around every morning, pick up all the grandkids, and drive them to school before I go to work. Just a small bus. We’d sing songs, talk, and it would be something unforgettable they did with their grandfather. If money were no object, I’d want a bus.”

Doug purchased the bus shortly before Christmas, and this week, it made its maiden voyage to Paideia Classical Christian School, where five of his ten grandkids are students and Amy is a teacher. Two more of their grandkids will be old enough to ride the bus next year.