Minasie Theophilis has been working as a janitor at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the last 25 years.
He is beloved by all who know him — especially the students and athletes he cleans up after.
Minasie originally hails from Ethiopia and came to Augsburg as a student himself, but because of that, he has not had the means or the chance to return to visit his family.
He hasn’t seen them in over 30 years.
In fact, sadly, Minasie missed the death of his mom, and was not able to return to his homeland to go to her funeral.
This tragic fact got to the ears of of the Augsburg Men’s Hockey team, a group of students who all know Minasie very well.
They decided to do something about it.
This past Tuesday, March 14, they created a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising money to send Minasie home.
Their original goal was $3000.
They surpassed that the very next day.
The team gathered together and surprised the janitor with a check for $5000 — and the money has continued to come in.
The video below showcases the heartfelt moment the team gave Minasie the check.
Minasie’s check will be used to fund a trip to Norway to meet up with his dad and brother, and the team plans to continue raising funds so that he can go back to Ethiopia for an extended visit.
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