A group of Louisiana State University fraternity brothers paid off the mortgage of their former house cook.
Jessie Hamilton worked at the fraternity house from 1982 to 1996. She would start her days at 4 a.m. to get to campus in time to serve the boys breakfast, lunch and dinner. She often gave them rides to the grocery store and the doctor.
One of the brothers, Andrew Fusaiotti, called Jessie at the start of the pandemic just to check on her. “That's when she told me she was still working two jobs," he said. "I asked her why, and she said she couldn't afford to retire."
Andrews had the idea to pay off the rest of Jessie’s mortgage. After speaking with her children, he learned that she had 16 years left on a 30-year mortgage, and needed $45,000 to pay it off. About 100 brothers pitched in and raised $51,765.
On April 3, on her 74th birthday, about a dozen members of Phi Gamma Delta and their families surprised Jessie with the chec
“They were my kids. They used to tell me they loved me, and now, they've proved it."