For the last 12 years, Herman Gordon has done his job with a smile on his face. Gordon is a cleaner at the University of Bristol in Bristol, England.
His upbeat attitude and positivity hasn’t been overlooked by the students attending the university, so they devised a plan to show him how much they really cared about him.
An anonymous post on the Bristruths Facebook page said Gordon was the “jolliest man I have ever met.”
Bristruths is an anonymous “truth” Facebook page for students at the university. The post that started the act of kindness was made on May 19, and said “if you wanna reason to smile, go talk to him for a min or two.”
The following day, Hadi Al-Zubaidi, a 20-year-old medicine student at Bristol, made an anonymous post announcing a GoFundMe page set up in Gordon’s honor. The goal was to raise enough money to send him to Jamaica to visit his family.
“Considering starting a GoFundMe page for the Jamaican cleaner DON in the med library so that he can see his family this summer in Jamaica. Would anyone donate?”
The response was more that Al-Zubaidi could have hoped for. Within five days, the fundraiser had nearly met its £1,000 goal.
“It just went crazy,” Al-Zubaidi told the BBC. “I myself was shocked that he was this famous!”
The fundraiser surpassed its goal, raising a total of £1,500.
The fundraiser managed to drum up enough cash to send Gordon and his wife for a week-long vacation to Jamaica. In June, the funds were withdrawn and handed over in an emotional Facebook video.
“This is from all the students at Bristol University,” a student said in the video as they handed Gordon the envelope.
As soon as the cleaner looked inside, he was brought to tears. The envelope of cash was accompanied with a heartening note.
“On behalf of the students at Bristol, we would like to thank you for all of the positive energy you’ve given us throughout the years. You have brightened many of our days and we want you to know we love and appreciate you,” the note said.
Gordon was touched by the students’ gesture, and said he felt loved.
“Tears were coming for what they’d done for me,” Gordon told ITV. “I feel good for what they’ve done for me. I feel really blessed.”
Over 230 people contributed to raise the money, and Gordon can’t thank all of them individually. But he wanted everyone to know how much he appreciated their generosity, and had a message for them.
“I want to say thank you for everything that you’re doing. And God bless everyone of you. Everyone,” Gordon said. “I know that someone understand me, and loves me to do that for me.”
Chuffed to see what I filmed this morning on ITV News! Amazing story of loved University of Bristol cleaner Herman Gordon being given £1,500 raised by students to send him on holiday to Jamaica.Well told by reporter Robyn Dwyer. They're a bunch of "fine types" as presenter Alastair Stewart says!
Posted by Simi Jolaoso on Thursday, June 28, 2018