In The Spirit Of Giving

Students Surprise High School Janitor With New Boots For Christmas

"You always go above and beyond for us."

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As a way to say thank you and bring a little holiday cheer to their school, a group of students surprised their high school's janitor with an early Christmas present this week. About ten students at Garden City High School each gave money to buy custodian Brian Junk a new pair of work boots. Kenna Hermanson filmed his reaction and posted the video to her Facebook Thursday. The clip has since gone viral. 

"You always go above and beyond for us," a student says in the video while handing Junk the wrapped package. 

Junk is clearly touched by the gesture, noting that the students "are gonna make me cry" and adding that he needs new boots "really bad."

Hermanson told Huff Post that one of her friends had the idea when he noticed that Junk's current work boots were "pretty beat up." 

"So happy we were able to do this for one of the sweetest people I know," Hermanson wrote on the post. "He's always putting a smile on everyone's faces during school...Thank you for everything you do and making the school day more enjoyable for everyone."

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