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Students’ stunning act of kindness for their security guard

Students and security guard from TikTok vid

@lkquinnco | TikTok

Cerith Gardiner - published on 03/19/24

When they discovered their dorm guard hadn't seen his family in Nigeria for 11 years, these students stepped up.

A group of kind-hearted students from Providence College — a Catholic and Dominican higher education institute in Rhode Island — have come together to help reunite their much-loved dorm guard with his family in Nigeria.

When the residents of Raymond Hall heard that their campus security guard James Mogaji, whom they affectionately call Unc, hadn’t been to see his family in Nigeria for 11 years, they felt compelled to club together to make sure he could pay them a long-awaited visit.

“We take care of our own and we firmly believe that James is one of our own,” shared freshman Brandon Reichert, as reported by ABC6.

The group of students set up a GoFundMe page in order to gather enough money to pay for the trip. Thanks to the contributions of students and friends, they quickly managed to reach their goal of $3,500 and were able to present Unc with the money for the trip, as you can see in this moving video shared on TikTok:

@lkquinnco

🛑please stop and take the time to watch and share this amazing display of unrelenting kindness and humanity at its best.🛑 now time for MY BRAGGING- My best friend Jess Reichert son Brandon is the most incredibly kind, thoughtful and generous soul. (Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) I am once again blown away by Brandon’s God Given gift of always doing the right thing and recognizing what is truly important in this world- LOVE and KINDNESS. Brandon started a Gofundme for his overnight security guard James at his dorm building at Providence College. James has been wanting to visit his family in Nigeria for a long time, and Brandon along with all of the amazing students on his floor at PC began to raise money for James to get him home. Today they presented him with the trip. This act of kindness shows us all, that we are more alike than not. Brandon’s ability to always do the right thing and lead, show compassion and gratitude has been a highlight of my life watching him grow up into the amazing young man he is. On that note, I want to give Jess Reichert all the respect in the world for raising this boy as a SINGLE MOTHER and shaping him to be everything he is. For the countless sacrifices she has and continues to make and the obstacles she endures to make sure he has every opportunity to continue on his path we all could learn from as parents. This is also your payoff Jessie, everything that boy is, is ALL because of you! I al so proud to be your friend! I love you both so much!!! Let’s keep this going with a share! @wcvb5 @wpri12 @therhodeshow @abc6providence @channelkindness @thekindnessrocksproject #belikeBrandon#providenceCollege#gofundme#goviral#pcfriars#kindnessmatters

♬ original sound – Leah Quinn

“You’re Unc. You’re the GOAT,” a student named Danny said to Mogaji before handing him the envelope, explaining: “You’re part of the family so our gift to you is a trip to Nigeria.”

The gift of gratitude

Understandably Mogaji was completely overwhelmed by the students’ incredible gesture and said after recovering from the shock:

How do I deserve you?… I pray from the bottom of my heart that God will continue to protect you guys… “

However, as is often the case with acts of kindness, the fundraiser developed into something bigger, with proceeds reaching over $30,000. The money will be used to ensure Mogaji doesn’t have to go that long without seeing with his loved ones again.

As one donor on GoFundMe quite rightly shared: “No one should be separated from his/her family for such a long time!”

Another donor pointed out: “These kids that organised this for you James are tomorrow’s world leaders of kindness. So much love.”

And that is the real beauty of the story: by showing their gratitude, these thoughtful and loving students have inspired others to follow their lead. And of course, Mogaji gets to see his family.

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Acts of KindnessCatholic LifestyleEducation
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