In this installment of "Things That Make Us Silently Weep at Our Desk," students at Elon University gifted their beloved cafeteria worker a fully funded trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. It all started when the longtime Elon employee, Kathryn Thompson, remarked to students Taylor Zisholtz and Lucy Smith-Williams that she had always dreamed of taking her family to Disney World. She told them, "I just want that so badly. I have never been anywhere but here." The students saw that as an opportunity to go full Disney and make her wish come true.
Zisholtz and Smith-Williams immediately got started on a GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money for Thompson, her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons to visit Walt Disney World at a date of their choosing. In less than a month, their goal of $6,500 was made.
In a video, the two students can be seen surprising Thompson at the end of her shift, at which point she immediately starts crying — at which point, so do we. Through tears, she says, "Just to see my grandson's eyes when he sees Mickey . . . " We totally understand; Mickey tends to have that effect on people.