Send Acorn Employee to Disney World

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Let's keep this a SURPRISE from Kathryn!!!

On this Friday night at Acorn, just four people filled the coffee shop before the usual late nights bustle begins. Kathryn, the Acorn force of nature who delivered my sandwich order with a good ole' heaping of Southern charm, struck up a conversation with me, and Lucy, the other Elon student a table away who was deep into her laptop.
"Where ya’ll from"? she asks so warmly.
Kathryn didn't have much to say about my hometown, a Philadelphia suburb, but she sure lit up when Lucy announced that she was from Florida.
"How long does it take to drive from here to Florida?” she demanded," And how much do you think that it would cost for me to take my family of five to Disney World"?
Kathryn's eyes filled with tears as she spilled out her biggest dream in life is to take her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons to Disney World.
"I just want that so badly", she confesses. I have never been anywhere but here.
Her parents were graduates of Elon back in the 50’s. It didn't take much longer for Lucy and me, to grasp the kind of hard work and dedication that Kathryn has brought to Elon throughout her ten years of service at our university. That same commitment is even more evident in the pictures and stories that we saw and heard that Friday night of her adorable grandsons Jeremy and Joshua.
It didn't take long for me, and for my new friend, Lucy, to appreciate the hard work and the sweetness that Kathryn has served up at every Elon dining shift that she has covered. It's five nights every week that you can count on her generous helping of down to earth sincerity and open friendliness served up with every plate she delivers.
At 2:00am, when the shift is over, Kathryn returns home to her beloved little dog, satisfied that everyone from the Elon community was taken care of with a smile.
Lucy and I hatched the idea to ask for donations to make this sweet woman's dream come true. Please help in any way big or tiny, it all adds up. It would send Kathryn and her family on their way. But let's keep this surprise on the down low from Kathryn.
Kathryn has no idea that her dream is about to be served up to her on an Elon silver platter.
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It really happened, Kathryn's dream came true! Check out sweet Ms. Kathryn during her time at Disney World!

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/01/unforgettable-kindness-leads-to-a-dream-come-true-at-walt-disney-world-resort/
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Disney happiness has hit the Thomson Family full force. After hanging out with Mickey, Goofy, and Donald Duck it was off to Hollywood Studios. Sunday the day was spent exploring Africa and Asia at Animal Kingdom. The family is loving every second of their time spent together in this magical place!
Hanging out with the whole cast of The Lion King!
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It's been a great day at Magic Kingdom. The Mine Train was the first stop and then it was time for rides with Dumbo!
Dumbo was a big hit!
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Today is the day! The Thompson Family has landed in Disney World! Kathryn's dream has really come true! We cannot express how appreciative we are of each and every one of you. Your support, excitment, and generosity has blown us all away. We couldn't have begun to do any of this without all of you jumping on board. I met with the family last night to go over last minute trip details, while speaking with his parents I overheard Jeremy (14) as excited as could be, strike up conversation with the man at the table next to us, "Hi I am going to Disney World!" This trip has lit up their world! I will post pictures throughout the weekend of their Disney adventures!
Kathryn's grandson's, Jeremy (14) and Joshua (6) were beyond ecstatic while they waited to board their very first airplane!
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Kate Vandenburgh
28 months ago

I'm a Disney world cast member and having just watched her response to her gift just made me cry. Thank you for reminding me of why I go to work every day. Please feel free to contact me (or Maggie, who is a friend of mine) as I'd love to try and create magic for them.

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Maggie Thomas
28 months ago
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current WDW CM here! you girls are fantastic human beings. don't ever change. seriously. for real. this is pure magic. if there's anything i can do to help please reach out to me on FB. if they need help planning or any tips or suggestions please let me know! ladies, you're gonna go far in life and making other people's dreams come true is the most phenomenal thing you could do with your life so congratulations on a huge accomplishment! ♥

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Rachel Tait Ripperdan
28 months ago
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4

I don't know anyone involved in this but just saw this on Facebook and cried like a baby. Taylor and Lucy and everyone who donated and played a role in making this happen, you are wonderful human beings. ♥

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Deborah Haslett Sorbo
29 months ago
3
3

Make sure that you send this to Elon's president and professors. I am sure that they would want to know about and contribute to this wonderful fundraiser.

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Heather Rallis Morrow
28 months ago
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2

I saw this on Facebook today and literally sobbed. Bless you girls and the others who have helped send this sweet woman and her family to Disneyworld! I have been blessed enough to be able to take my extended family (nieces, nephews, etc, 13 people in all) to Disney twice, and the magic and memories created are some of the most precious we have. So often I have wished I could spread the magic beyond just helping my family get there, but I am always staying offsite and catching deals just to be able to get enough together to get our large group there. Good for you for figuring out how to make the magic happen for this family!! As those below have said, learning the lesson of paying it forward so early in life will get you far. Spreading joy and love in the world and helping others is true success. Thank you again for this inspiring story!

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Cathy Oliver Terrill
28 months ago
2
2

I hope you get to stay in one of Disney's hotels on the property and that they will give you a suite at a very discounted price. Also I hope that they make this the most magical vacation that your family will remember for the rest of their lives. May God be with you.

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Debbie Jo Roberts Grell
29 months ago
2
2

How cool is it to be able to make someone's dream come true! Congratulations on mission accomplished!

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Tammy Channell
28 months ago
1
1

What an amazing gesture, and what awesome humans you are for doing this, it takes time and dedication to pull this off. Thanks so much from me here in California for doing such an unselfishness gesture to create joy for others. You made me Day - Happy travels to Kathryn too.

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Dovie McBrayer
28 months ago
1
1

This is an incredible story which shows how a small act of kindness has snowballed into this incredible gift! You girls will go far in life to learn at such an early age what paying it forward means! And to Kathryn, Disney World is going to live up to your wildest dreams it is a magical place and I hope you have the time of your lives. I also hope this raises enough money for you to take some other trips as well! This story gives me as well as many others great joy!

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Shannon Bartholomew Hubbard
28 months ago
1
1

Such a wonderful thing you ladies did for her. Just saw this on Facebook and cried at my desk. The pure shock and joy brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad she got her wish. ♥

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Greg Pabich
29 months ago
1
1

WHAT A TRULY NICE PERSON YOU ARE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!

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Tim Kitslaar
29 months ago
1
1

I hope y'all record it when you tell her about it! :)

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DG
$50
Dave Gottlieb
28 months ago

Great job you guys!

$10
Anonymous
28 months ago
KJ
$20
Kimberly Johnson
28 months ago

Just saw this on Facebook - amazing! I hope they create many wonderful memories during their time at the happiest place on earth!

$200
Anonymous
28 months ago
$20
Anonymous
28 months ago
DF
$15
Danielle Fowler
28 months ago

So so proud of you Taylor! Keep brightening up people's days, you are incredible.

LA
$25
Laura Averill
28 months ago

Enjoy Disney! Let the park know you're coming!

$5
Tawnee Rodriguez
28 months ago

Not much but I hope this family can have as much fun as possible and enjoy every minute.

Kate Vandenburgh
28 months ago

I'm a Disney world cast member and having just watched her response to her gift just made me cry. Thank you for reminding me of why I go to work every day. Please feel free to contact me (or Maggie, who is a friend of mine) as I'd love to try and create magic for them.

+ Read More
Maggie Thomas
28 months ago
7
7

current WDW CM here! you girls are fantastic human beings. don't ever change. seriously. for real. this is pure magic. if there's anything i can do to help please reach out to me on FB. if they need help planning or any tips or suggestions please let me know! ladies, you're gonna go far in life and making other people's dreams come true is the most phenomenal thing you could do with your life so congratulations on a huge accomplishment! ♥

+ Read More
Rachel Tait Ripperdan
28 months ago
4
4

I don't know anyone involved in this but just saw this on Facebook and cried like a baby. Taylor and Lucy and everyone who donated and played a role in making this happen, you are wonderful human beings. ♥

+ Read More
Deborah Haslett Sorbo
29 months ago
3
3

Make sure that you send this to Elon's president and professors. I am sure that they would want to know about and contribute to this wonderful fundraiser.

+ Read More
Heather Rallis Morrow
28 months ago
2
2

I saw this on Facebook today and literally sobbed. Bless you girls and the others who have helped send this sweet woman and her family to Disneyworld! I have been blessed enough to be able to take my extended family (nieces, nephews, etc, 13 people in all) to Disney twice, and the magic and memories created are some of the most precious we have. So often I have wished I could spread the magic beyond just helping my family get there, but I am always staying offsite and catching deals just to be able to get enough together to get our large group there. Good for you for figuring out how to make the magic happen for this family!! As those below have said, learning the lesson of paying it forward so early in life will get you far. Spreading joy and love in the world and helping others is true success. Thank you again for this inspiring story!

+ Read More
Cathy Oliver Terrill
28 months ago
2
2

I hope you get to stay in one of Disney's hotels on the property and that they will give you a suite at a very discounted price. Also I hope that they make this the most magical vacation that your family will remember for the rest of their lives. May God be with you.

+ Read More
Debbie Jo Roberts Grell
29 months ago
2
2

How cool is it to be able to make someone's dream come true! Congratulations on mission accomplished!

+ Read More
Tammy Channell
28 months ago
1
1

What an amazing gesture, and what awesome humans you are for doing this, it takes time and dedication to pull this off. Thanks so much from me here in California for doing such an unselfishness gesture to create joy for others. You made me Day - Happy travels to Kathryn too.

+ Read More
Dovie McBrayer
28 months ago
1
1

This is an incredible story which shows how a small act of kindness has snowballed into this incredible gift! You girls will go far in life to learn at such an early age what paying it forward means! And to Kathryn, Disney World is going to live up to your wildest dreams it is a magical place and I hope you have the time of your lives. I also hope this raises enough money for you to take some other trips as well! This story gives me as well as many others great joy!

+ Read More
Shannon Bartholomew Hubbard
28 months ago
1
1

Such a wonderful thing you ladies did for her. Just saw this on Facebook and cried at my desk. The pure shock and joy brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad she got her wish. ♥

+ Read More
Greg Pabich
29 months ago
1
1

WHAT A TRULY NICE PERSON YOU ARE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!

+ Read More
Tim Kitslaar
29 months ago
1
1

I hope y'all record it when you tell her about it! :)

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