The week's good news: April 15, 2021

It wasn't all bad!

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1. Fraternity brothers surprise beloved cook by paying off her mortgage

Officially, Jessie Hamilton was a cook at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at Louisiana State University, but she was also a therapist, cheerleader, and friend. Starting in 1982, Hamilton worked at the Phi Gamma Delta (also known as Fiji) house for 14 years, and was always ready to lend an ear and offer advice. "She was truly like a mother to us," Fiji brother Andrew Fusaiotti told The Washington Post. Hamilton has worked two jobs for decades, and several brothers who kept in touch with her decided for her 74th birthday this month, they were going to give Hamilton the gift of retirement. More than 90 brothers donated a total of $51,764 — enough for Hamilton to pay off her mortgage, and then some. On April 3, they surprised Hamilton with their gift. "If I hadn't been sitting, I would have fell down," she told the Post. Hamilton has put in notice at her jobs, and plans on traveling to visit the Fiji brothers.

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