Beverly bus driver surprises teen with heartwarming birthday gift

BEVERLY, Mass. — Wednesday is a special day for Logan Pearson of Beverly. He turned 19 years old.

“Right away it was a shock that anybody remembered his birthday,” said Catherine Pearson, Logan’s mother.

Logan has severe autism and is completely non-verbal. His mother said Logan, who is the oldest of her three children, is often forgotten.

“We will reach out to friends or family and say, ‘Can you send a card to Logan because he does not have a friend, not a single one,” she said.

But Logan has a very special bus driver.

“He’s just a sweet boy and he makes my world a little bit better and I’ve learned more about autism from that young man than anyone else in the world,” said Nancy Hall, a Beverly Public Schools bus driver.

Hall has been Logan’s bus driver for five years. For a birthday gift, she gave Logan a sandbox with toy trucks and a school bus.

Nancy understands Logan tends to put a lot of things in his mouth and knew he would eat the sand, so she ground up a box of Cheerios for the sand.

“It just warmed our hearts, to be honest, I started crying as soon as I saw the gift. It just meant a lot to us. As parents, it just felt like a huge amount of support that she has our back,” Pearson said.

It’s a special day made even more special, thanks to one incredibly caring bus driver.

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