April 17, 2021

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Louisiana State fraternity brothers pay cook’s mortgage

An aerial view of the Louisiana State University campus, including Tiger Stadium.  Source: Wikipedia

An aerial view of the Louisiana State University campus, including Tiger Stadium.

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BAKER, La. (AP) – Members of a fraternity from Louisiana State University have sneaked in to pay off a mortgage on a woman who fed them as a student.

About a dozen members of the Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, surprised Jessie Hamilton with the money for her 74th birthday on Saturday in Baker, Louisiana, The Advocate reports. Approximately 90 members of the fraternity raised $ 51,765, with each brother donating an average of between $ 600 and $ 1,000, the newspaper said.

“It shows how they all felt about her,” said Andrew Fusaiotti. “Jessie is one of those people who comes to work with a smile on their faces, eager to please and never complains.”


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Hamilton worked as a cook for the Brotherhood for 14 years, but Fusaiotti also recalled helping students with trips to the grocery store and doctor when he was on campus in the late 1980s.

Another brother from Fiji, Will Rainey, said members of the brotherhood had developed a special relationship with Hamilton.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Fusaiotti called to check on her. She was still working two jobs to pay a 30 year mortgage on the house she bought when she was 60.

Her plan was to keep working until the house was paid for. Now she has plans to retire and visit Hawaii.

“That was a blessing to me,” said Hamilton. “I was worried about how I would pay off my house. I am grateful for what God did and made them do for me. “