"I have been crying all night and I cried in the office this morning as I paid my downpayment for esthetician school," Mercedes Edney wrote on Instagram
And now, the star has taken her keep-it-real reputation one step higher by donating over $5,500 to pay for a North Carolina woman to realize her dream of going to esthetician school, NBC News reports.
“I’ve seen this be your passion for such a long time now. So excited to see you fulfill your dream!” the 31-year-old model and television personality wrote alongside her YouCaring donation, which paid the difference of what Mercedes Edney hadn’t yet raised — about 94 percent of her overall goal.
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Edney, who owns a natural-skincare-product company called Ixora Botanical Beauty, expressed her gratitude to Teigen on Twitter Friday, writing, “THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! @chrissyteigen I don’t even know how else to thank you right now.”
Tweeting to NBC News, Edney wrote, “I was at work, and I heard my PayPal alert go off. I saw the amount and said ‘what the hell? what’s wrong with PayPal?’ I thought it was a glitch.”
On Saturday, the skincare specialist posted a long and heartfelt message thanking the star once again for her generosity, sharing a photo of her school down payment.
“I have been crying all night and I cried in the office this morning as I paid my downpayment for esthetician school. I haven’t been this happy in a very long time,” Edney wrote.
“Thank you Chrissy and thank you to everyone else who voted or rtd my link or have supported me this entire time. It means more to me than you’ll ever know.”