How’d he do all this? The Saturday after Thanksgiving, his shift ended at 3 p.m. He borrowed his younger brothe’s pickup truck. Loaded with his gleeful goods, Mr. Sanfilippo drove back to the bus depot and started outfitting the bus around 4:30 p.m. He didn’t finish until 2 the next morning.
Why does he do it? “To see the people smiling, you know. It puts them in a lot better spirits. There are so many things going bad.’’
When the bus stops, he gets a snowman to blow bubbles, or shows off the Spirit Meter attached atop the fare box, which he has wrapped in red fabric punctuated with tiny elves. Press the meter and you may hear a bellowing baritone exclaim, “By golly, you’re jolly.’’
Minister Karen Jackson got on the Christmas bus for a trip Downtown with her 3-year-old grandson on. As the boy was given a candy cane, she said to Mr. Sanfilippo and everyone in earshot, “Oh, I’ve never seen anything like this. This is beautiful. Oh, this made my day.’’
Safe driving and smiles — Mr. Sanfilippo’s “commitment shows that even relatively small acts of thoughtfulness go a long way,’’ Pittsburgh Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean said.