Every day, Gretchen Thomas, an U of T café worker, asks her customers where they’re from, what they’re up to, and how they’re doing.
Two students, Katie Smith and Amy Cole, appreciated Gretchen’s kindness so much that they decided to rally the community to surprise her in a very big way.
“When she said it was her dream to go to Disney World, I thought, well, there are 6,000 of us here with at least a dollar, I’m sure we can make this happen,” said a misty-eyed Amy Cole.
The girls started a GoFundMe campaign that has raised $7,685, enough for the Coffee Shop employee to take her grandchildren with her on that dream vacation.
“I can’t wait to see my grandson’s eyes when he hugs Mickey Mouse. He finds Mickey, and he just hugs him,” Gretchen said through tears.