Hockey team raises money to reunite school employee with family

In the category of “you raised ’em right,” we give you the kids of the Augsburg hockey team.

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KARE 11 reports the team raised money so that Minasie Theophilos, 54, can go see some of the family he left 33 years ago.

He’s worked at Augsburg for the last 25 years.

“A month and a half ago, my mother passed away, and each one of these kids signed a card, came one by one gave me a hug,” Theophilos tells KARE. “That’s a great team, very friendly, very disciplined, hard-working kids really, and I love them very much.”

Yesterday morning, the team surprised Theophilos with a check for $5,000.

He’ll visit his brother in Norway, but the team is also raising money so Theophilos can return to Ethiopia for an extended stay next year.

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  • Jack

    Compassion. The kids are alright.

  • MrE85

    A nice story, but I couldn’t help but think if he got paid a living wage from Augsburg College, Minasie might be able to afford to visit his family without relying on the charity of others. UPDATED: Learn more before you speculate, Moffitt.

    Was I the only one who thought this?

    • Two of his children got a college education from Augsburg. Maybe his priority isn’t himself but his family that he supports.

      • MrE85

        Good point. Original comment updated.

    • John

      What constitutes a living wage?

      Saving for retirement?
      Having enough that you’re not constantly worried about survival?
      Being able to travel the world?

      I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m just unsure that being able to afford a trip to Ethiopia is an inherent part of what it means to earn a living wage.

      • Robert Moffitt

        I would define it as point #2, but I’m not sure just when worry ends.

  • Jack

    Speaking as the native born US citizen spouse of an immigrant, here is my insight. Immigrants feel compelled to help their families back home. I know this first hand as it started before we left his home country in 1992. I knew before getting married that there was an expectation that it would continue and I’ve been okay with that.

    Based on the StarTribune story, he may have also married a fellow immigrant (speculation on my part). Now there are two extended families to help support.

    For many developing countries, the economy is fueled by immigrants sending money home.

    We’ve never gone back – it is an expensive trip and it’s not a quick vacation as you want to make the most of a trip that may not get repeated. The money we saved to take our three member family back ended up being used as the downpayment on the house. That was a tough decision to make.

    Note to my in-laws, now is not a good time to ask for money.