Two Students Fund Their Fave Coffee Shop Employee's Vacation

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In a world where cafeteria staff members are facing off with drunken college students demanding mac and cheese, it's refreshing to hear about campus service employees being treated with the utmost respect, consideration and kindness.

As reported by, Elon University students Taylor Zisholtz and Lucy Smith-Williams recently came up with the most heartfelt idea to show their appreciation for Kathryn Thompson, who wanted nothing more than to take her family of five on a trip to Disney World. During her shift at the Acorn Coffee Shop, Kathryn tearfully shared her dream with the students. At the time, she probably felt it was an impossible feat, but she had no idea that her story inspired Taylor and Lucy to set up a GoFund me page to help finance the vacation.

"In a world where everybody is so cold, they keep their wishes and their feelings all to themselves. With Kathryn it was just an open door, she welcomes everyone, in and she works so hard," Taylor said.

In the end, they raised nearly $7000 to fund Kathryn's trip. With the help of the university, Taylor and Lucy reached their goal well before their deadline. When they showed up at the coffee shop with a camera crew and donated Disney shirts, no one was more surprised than Kathryn.

"I'm excited just to be going," Kathryn told the Elon Pendulum. "To see my grandson's eyes light up when he sees Mickey. I hope he won't be scared of him."

Seriously — who else needs a mop to clean up all their tears? We're sure Kathryn and her family will create a lifetime of memories at Disney World, but they won't soon forget Taylor and Lucy's extreme show of kindness.
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