Providence College Students Raise Money to Gift Dorm Security Guard Trip Home to Nigeria

The students started a GoFundMe page and raised nearly $20,000, more than five times their initial goal.

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A group of students at a college in Rhode Island surprised a school security guard with the trip of a lifetime.

As reported by local ABC affiliate WCVB-TV, a group of freshmen at Providence College started a GoFundMe page in an effort to send their dorm’s security guard on a trip home to Nigeria. The security guard, James Mogaji, works four overnight shifts per week on campus, and hasn’t seen his family in 11 years. After the GoFundMe raised $18,658, more than five times the students’ initial goal of $3,500, Mogaji will visit Nigeria in June.

Earlier this week, the group of students posted a video on social media in which Mogaji first learned of his long-deserved trip home. As seen in the clip, Mogaji falls to his knees after being overcome with emotion upon learning the news.


🛑please stop and take the time to watch and share this amazing display of unrelenting kindness and humanity at its best.🛑 now time for MY BRAGGING- My best friend Jess Reichert son Brandon is the most incredibly kind, thoughtful and generous soul. (Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) I am once again blown away by Brandon’s God Given gift of always doing the right thing and recognizing what is truly important in this world- LOVE and KINDNESS. Brandon started a Gofundme for his overnight security guard James at his dorm building at Providence College. James has been wanting to visit his family in Nigeria for a long time, and Brandon along with all of the amazing students on his floor at PC began to raise money for James to get him home. Today they presented him with the trip. This act of kindness shows us all, that we are more alike than not. Brandon’s ability to always do the right thing and lead, show compassion and gratitude has been a highlight of my life watching him grow up into the amazing young man he is. On that note, I want to give Jess Reichert all the respect in the world for raising this boy as a SINGLE MOTHER and shaping him to be everything he is. For the countless sacrifices she has and continues to make and the obstacles she endures to make sure he has every opportunity to continue on his path we all could learn from as parents. This is also your payoff Jessie, everything that boy is, is ALL because of you! I al so proud to be your friend! I love you both so much!!! Let’s keep this going with a share! @wcvb5 @wpri12 @therhodeshow @abc6providence @channelkindness @thekindnessrocksproject #belikeBrandon #providenceCollege #gofundme #goviral #pcfriars #kindnessmatters

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"He's just the kindest soul anyone has ever met in this building. He means so much to us he's so important. It was amazing how fast everyone connected and were able to put it together for him," freshman student Brandon Reichert, who helped organize the GoFundMe, told WCVB.

The school’s Dean of Students, Steven Sears, shed light on the impact Mogaji has had on the school since he started working at Providence College earlier this year.

“What is so special is the impact James has had on all of us,” Sears said. “His reaction and the authenticity not only for this group and the students involved with him and the care, and what he said at the end is that he is praying for them, he is praying for their success, and that God watches over them and that he does that everyday.”

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