Fraternity brothers from Phi Gamma Delta at Louisiana State University are being praised for paying off the mortgage for their former house cook.
The beloved house cook, Jessie Hamilton, spent 14 years cooking for the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house. When some of the brothers, who lived in the house during her time there, found out she was still working, they came up with an amazing 74th birthday gift.
T-shirts were given out to memorialize the day and Jessie was presented with a check for $6,675 to spend on herself. But they had one more big surprise – the brothers had bonded together, thanks to the coordination from former brother, Andrew Fusaiotti, and pooled their money to pay off the remaining $45,000 on Jessie’s mortgage.
“That shows how they all felt about her,” Fusaiotti told the Advocate. “Jessie is one of these people that shows up to work and always has a smile on her face, eager to please and never complains.”
“She is the type of person that inspires me, people that don’t have a lot, but give a lot. She’s the most giving person you’ve ever met,” he added.
In the end, 91 brothers donated an average of $560 each to make it happen, according to the Post. And Hamilton and her family were unbelievably grateful.
“My mom has always been a person who cares about other people. She would give you the shirt off her back and the socks and shoes off her feet,” Hamilton’s daughter, Yonetta Tircuit, 55, told the Post. “Now she can actually slow down and take care of herself.”
“They were my kids. They still are,” Hamilton told the Washington Post. “They used to tell me they loved me, and now, they’ve proved it.”
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