College students surprise beloved cafe worker with dream trip to Disney World

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College Students Surprise Beloved Cafe Worker With Dream Trip To Disney


A grandmother's dream came true thanks to the overwhelming kindness of college students.

Kathryn Thompson, 61, has worked at the Acorn Coffee Shop at Elon University in North Carolina for more than a decade. Students Lucy Smith-Williams and Taylor Zisholtz told Elon Local News that they are big fans of Thompson.

They learned that it was her dream to take her autistic grandson to Disney World and immediately wanted to help.

Their idea quickly became a national fundraiser that brought in more than $7,000 within weeks. And it brought Thompson to tears.

"It's a dream come true. I can't wait to see my grandson's eyes when he sees Mickey," said Thompson.

Thompson plans on taking her two grandsons, her son and her daughter-in-law on the trip.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - SEPTEMBER 18: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, actress Melissa Joan Hart looks on as her son Tucker greets Buzz Lightyear at Magic Kingdom park on September 18, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The family vacationed and celebrated Tucker's third birthday at Walt Disney World Resort. (Photo by Chloe Rice/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 07: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosts and performs in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade television special at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 07, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The parade will air on December 25t. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Frank Oz participates in Star Wars Weekend at Walt Disney World on June 12, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MAY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, (L-R) Disney Channel's 'Jessie' stars Karan Brar, Skai Jackson and Peyton List pose in front of the Cinderella Castle during the 24-hour kick off to the 'Coolest Summer Ever' at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney Resort on May 22, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by David Roark/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 28: In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, (Clockwise from top left) Actors Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin and Miles Brown, from the cast of the ABC series 'black-ish,' ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom March 28, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The four visited Walt Disney World Resort with their families to kick off their summer break and celebrate the success of the show's first season. (Photo by Mariah Wild/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 28: In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, (Clockwise from back left) Actors Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin and Miles Brown, from the cast of the ABC series 'black-ish,' meet Princess Anna (left) and Queen Elsa (right), from Disney's 'Frozen,' at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park March 28, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The four visited Walt Disney World Resort with their families to kick off their summer break and celebrate the success of the show's first season. (Photo by Mariah Wild/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 07: TV Personality Terrence Jenkins poses with Minnie Mouse during the Disney Dreamers Academy weekend at Walt Disney World Resort on March 07, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The eighth annual event takes place from March 5-8, 2015 and is a career-inspiration program for 100 distinguished high school students across the United States. (Photo by Mariah Wild/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 09: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton of Alex & Sierra attend the taping of the Disney Parks 'Frozen Christmas Celebration' TV Special in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 9, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The special will air on December 25, 2014. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 09: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, with Olaf, attends the taping of the Disney Parks 'Frozen Christmas Celebration' TV Special in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 9, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The special will air on December 25, 2014. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 09: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Tim Tebow and Robin Roberts host the taping of the Disney Parks 'Frozen Christmas Celebration' TV Special in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 9, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The special will air on December 25, 2014. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - NOVEMBER 21: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons poses with Minnie Mouse at The American Adventure attraction at Walt Disney World Resort on November 21, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Chloe Rice/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - AUGUST 14: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, actress and country music artist Jamie Lynn Spears poses with her husband, Jamie Watson, her six-year-old daughter Maddie and Minnie Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom park August 14, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Spears, the sister of pop superstar Britney Spears and former star of 'Zoey 101' on Nickelodeon, lives in Nashville, Tenn. and is currently on tour to support her first country music single. Her sister Britney launched her career at Walt Disney World, starring in 'The All-New Mickey Mouse Club' that taped at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. (Photo by Chloe Rice/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JULY 18: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, actor Joe Morton of ABC series 'Scandal' poses with Mickey Mouse in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on July 18, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Chloe Rice/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
THE MIDDLE - 'Orlando'/'The Wonderful World of Hecks' - While Sue counts down the days until the Hecks depart on their road trip to Walt Disney World (she won the trip in a 'Hands on a Hard Body' contest), Brick begs his parents to take a detour to North Carolina so he can meet his online girlfriend, and Axl anxiously awaits the posting of his final grades as a college freshman. Then, when the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World, a good time may not be had for all when a series of misfortunes threaten to put a damper on their trip, on the one-hour season finale of 'The Middle,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Todd Anderson/ABC via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 07: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, entertainer Steve Harvey (L) and NBA Hall of Fame member Magic Johnson pose with Mickey Mouse during the 'Disney Dreamers Academy' event at Walt Disney World Resort March 7, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Disney Dreamers Academy is an annual career-inspiration program at Walt Disney World for 100 high school students from across the country. Johnson was a special guest speaker for this year's event, and Harvey was the celebrity host. (Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 17: In this handout photo provided by Diseny Parks, tennis legend Roger Federer poses with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom park March 17, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Swiss-born Federer holds the men's world record for most Grand Slam tournaments won, 17, and has spent 302 weeks as the world's number-one ranked male tennis player. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA,FLORDIA - OCTOBER 15: In this handout photo provided by Gene Duncan, actor William Baldwin and his wife, singer Chynna Phillips, pose with Minnie Mouse in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort on October 15,2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Chynna Phillips, the lead singer of the musical trio Wilson Phillips, was performing at the theme park. (Photo by Gene Duncan/ Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JULY 12: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, comedian Kevin Hart poses with Minnie Mouse on the New York street set at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park July 12, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Hart's new concert film, 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,' is already the fourth-highest grossing stand-up motion picture in U.S. history. (Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 02: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Gisele Bundchen poses with Princess Sofia, the star of Disney Junior's popular animated series, 'Sofia the First,' who is now greeting guests daily at Disney California Adventure park July 2, 2013 in Anaheim, California. Later this summer, Princess Sofia will begin appearances at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MAY 11: TV personalities from ÃThe Ellen DeGeneres Showà Rosie McClelland (L) and Sophia Grace Brownlee perform during a royal celebration at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in conjunction with Mother's Day festivities on May 11, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty)
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