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Brooklyn bus driver works to improve disadvantaged and homeless kids’ lives, earns ‘Hometown Heroes in Transit’ award nomination

January 29, 2017
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A bus driver in Brooklyn got to know the people he serves by giving them rides — and that’s why he also gives them a lift. Darrick (Dahkim) Gatling has been organizing Christmas toy drives, backpack giveaways, catered church parties and food donations for disadvantaged and homeless kids since 2013. The Yonkers father of four gives back through his group, MAD Focus — short for Motivation + Ambition + Determination = Focus — to the Brooklyn communities whose residents he transports nearly every day. “I took it upon myself just to actually interact with some of the kids and realized that the reason why some of these kids are acting out is because of the lack of opportunities,” Gatling, 46, said. “I wanted to actually help, myself, broaden their opportunities.” His work has made an impression on his fellow drivers at the Jackie Gleason Bus Depot in Sunset Park, where he’s been a driver for 15 years, earning him a Daily News...

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