(WLTX) -- Paying for tuition is one less thing a Charlotte woman is worrying about thanks to a kind donation by model Chrissy Teigen.
Mercedes Edney started crowd funding to fulfill her dream of becoming a licensed esthetician, according to her YouCaring page. She says she couldn't receive financial aid/scholarships because of her job and she wasn't already enrolled at the school.
She says to attend Academy of Nail Technology and Esthetics it costs nearly $6,000. By Friday, she had raised about $300, and that is when Teigen's generosity stepped in. She donated $5,605 and left a note saying "I've seen this be your passion for such a long time now. So excited to see you fulfill your dream!"
Edney says at first she couldn't believe it and thought it was a glitch.
To see that paypal alert. Y'all, I literally started cussing paypal thinking it was a glitch.— Skin Care Genie (@CruzanChoklate) April 8, 2017
But later saw that it wasn't.
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! @chrissyteigen I don't even know how else to thank you right now.— Skin Care Genie (@CruzanChoklate) April 8, 2017
@CruzanChoklate I'm really excited for you to live out your passion ❤❤❤— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 8, 2017
Edney tweeted that she had struggled financially since starting her business, Ixora Botanical Beauty.
I've been struggling for so long. I put my everything into my business. I have sacrificed so much just trying to focus on my goal..— Skin Care Genie (@CruzanChoklate) April 8, 2017
And now, she says she owes Teigen this gesture:
If I ever meet Chrissy Tiegen in person, I'm giving her the biggest hug on earth.— Skin Care Genie (@CruzanChoklate) April 8, 2017