HHS junior donates $240 in tips to Harvey victims

Bought ‘dress-down passes’ and gave them away, too

When Julian Brezinsky had finished counting his tips from Anita’s Smokin’ Steak Burgers, he had $24 and a promise to keep.

“I decided that however many tips I made that night I was going to multiply it by 10 and give that much away,” said the 16-year-old junior at Hahnville High School.

That was Thursday night, typically his busiest night he works. And once he did the math, Brezinsky was ready to do what he felt was right.

He presented $240 to the school’s Interact Club to buy $1 dress-down passes to aid Harvey victims in Texas.

“I just wanted to give some of the money away,” he said of the tips he’d been saving from his three-day-a-week job at the hamburger restaurant in Luling. “I didn’t know any other way to help the people in Texas.”

Brezinsky said he’d reached a certain amount in his tip fund and decided he wanted to give some of it away. When he saw the images of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, he knew where he was going to give it.

“That really got my mind thinking about it in the first place, and how lots of those people really didn’t have much left,” Brezinsky said.

So when the Luling teen heard about the Interact Club accepting donations for Harvey victims, he started counting his money.

“I felt God was telling me to give some of my money to the people of Texas,” Brezinsky said.

The next day, when he announced he wanted $240 in passes, he said the Interact Club members told him, “No way, I don’t believe you.” But the teen readily presented a wad of cash that included a $50, a couple of $10s and a bunch of $20s.

Then came the next part of his good deed.

“It was pretty fun,” Brezinsky said of handing out the passes randomly during lunchtime. “I was walking around lunch just giving them to random people. Most of the people said, ‘Thank you. This is really nice,’ and for others it was ‘Give me three more for my friends.’”

And they got them because Brezinsky said he had them and didn’t really think giving more of them was a problem. After it was done, he was relieved for not being responsible to hand them all out.

Although it “took a good chunk” out of his tip fund, which is really his college fund, Brezinsky said he’s got more time to save more money to study medicine and hopefully attend medical school.

His mother learned about his good deed on the school’s website.

“She just said normal mom stuff like ‘I’m proud that you’re giving your hard-earned money to a good cause’ … and this and that,” he mused. “Initially, I was saving up as much as I could to help my mom pay for college, but decided that the amount would be okay to donate. I’m only a junior now. I still have time to save more money.”

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