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Monster Kool Bus gives rides for charity

By Tracey Leong, tleong@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 17 2014 12:44:07 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 17 2014 01:53:54 AM CST
Monster Kool Bus gives rides for charity
REDDING, Calif. -

One bus driver is changing the image of the traditional yellow school bus with some kool modifications and a generous mission.

Sitting on 66 inch wheels with 25 inch spinner rims, the Monster Kool Bus towers 14 feet above the ground.

“Never get bored I do this about 7 days a week and only about 7 months a year,” says bus driver Eddy Haemker.

Haemker travels all over the west coast to raise money for local charities. He retired ten years ago and now spends his free time making figure eights in parking lots with a bus full of excited riders. Haemker has helped more than forty organizations since he started.

“We come and run it and they get 100 percent of the charity,” says Haemker.

Eddie selected Skylight Ministries in Redding, a nonprofit food truck that feeds the homeless. The organization is run by Cameron Mapes and Brennan Rhodes.

“Oh they appreciate it because all charities needs help,” says Haemker.

The kids and adults also appreciate the thrill of the truck ride.

“I  was like oh, and hold on and I was laughing cause I was funny,” says 6-year-old rider Amelia.

That is just what Eddie loves, spreading cheer while helping out the community.

“Put a smile on people’s faces, the only thing you can take with you in this world is memories,” says Haemker.

A neat fact about the bus is that it was actually purchased in Redding before the modifications about ten years ago. If you want to check out the truck, it will be in the Redding Best Buy parking lot on Hilltop Drive until January 29, 2014. Rides will be given from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are $7.00 for kids and $10.00 for adults. All the proceeds will go towards Skylight Ministries.

For more information on the truck visit: http://www.monsterkoolbus.com/