Herman Gordon may simply work as a janitor, but his students affectionately know him as the “jolliest” man to walk their campus.
The youngsters at the University of Bristol in England have regularly praised the beloved custodian on their anonymous Facebook confessions group called “Bistruths”. Some of the group members have taken to the page specifically to call Gordon a “hero” and a “legend” of the school.
So when they found out that the Jamaican janitor had not been to see his family in four years, they decided to surprise him with a little gift.
Dozens of students donated to a crowdfunding campaign until they had raised roughly $2,000 (£1,500) – enough for a week-long vacation to Jamaica for Gordon and his wife.
Once they had raised the money, one of the students put all the cash in an envelope along with a little note reading: “Dear Herman, on behalf of the students at Bristol, we would like to thank you for all the positive energy you have given to us throughout the years.
“You have brightened many of our days and we want you to know that we love and appreciate you.
“We have come together to give you a special gift as our way of saying thank you. Have a lovely summer.”
The student then recorded a video of Gordon’s tearful reaction to the gift – and it was understandably emotional.
Afterwards, the video was posted to the Bistruths Facebook group where the members were able to rejoice in their accomplishment.
“We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this incredible gift,” reads the video caption. “It is truly amazing what we can achieve when we come together. It is thanks to your generosity that we’ve been able to raise about £1,500 – meaning both Herman and his wife will be able to visit Jamaica for the first time in 4 years!”
(WATCH the emotional video below)
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