School Custodian Gets $35,000 Surprise

School custodian got a $35,000 surprise from his local community who wanted to say 'thank you' for his kindness towards their children.

Adrian Wood is a mother of four, and her youngest child Amos, 7, has autism. Adrian feared sending Amos to school. But soon, the boy found a good friend at the White Oak Elementary School in Edenton, NC. It was custodian Raymond Brown who helped Amos handle his day-to-day schedule at school.


"Amos was three when he started school. He was in diapers and he didn't speak. But after Mr. Brown started saying 'hello' to him and calling him 'Famous Amos,' Amos started saying, 'Hey Brown," when he saw him. He wasn't even saying 'Daddy' at that point, so it was really something," Adrian said.


Adrian was devastated when Mr. Brown, who is always kind and supportive to children, wasn't chosen as one of the winners of the North Carolina School Heroes contest. That is why she decided to start a fundraiser for him. And within a week, the local community raised $35,000.


"Mr. Brown is really, truly so deserving of all of this and then some," commented Michelle Newsome - principal at White Oak.