Whatever they asked for- no matter how wack the requests were- she delivered. She's does everything from ice cream cones, to unicorns, Star Wars characters and even more elaborate, custom designs.
It took her 3 months, to personally crochet the individual creations for 34 of the kids who rode her bus.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Peggy Lamon said of the bus driver. “It’s not like she sits around all day, like she has nothing else to do. For her to take this time out for these kids, it shows what kind of woman she is.”
"One day a boy came up to me and said, 'Mr. Stuckey, look at what my bus driver made me!' and he showed me his stuffed animal Trudy had created just for him," Summit elementary school principal Brian Stuckey added. "The boy was so proud and you could tell the pride he had in this little gift. The last few years we have been working to build connections and relationships between our school and our fabulous bus drivers and Trudy has taken that to a whole new level."
Now that school is out for the summer, parents are telling Serres that their kids are still attached to the toys she created fro the,. Some are sleeping with them, others taking them on vacation and even bringing them to church with them.
“My kids still sleep with them at night. They definitely love them and enjoy them,” John Londt said of his three kids who each received toys from Serres.
Londt wrote to the principal of his children's school to praise the bus driver for going above and beyond with the kids.
“Throughout the year, Trudy has made each of the students that ride her bus a crocheted stuffed animal. She asked each child what character, color, etc. they would like and hand-made each of them an animal,” he wrote. “I cannot imagine how much time this would have taken her, but I know that she has made each child feel very special and loved.”
For Serres, she doesn't do it for the recognition, she does it brighten her students' day.
“They would gleam when they saw them,” she said. “I love children and to see their faces and their reactions -- that’s what makes my day,” she said.