CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A refrigerator is something many of us take for granted. Charlotte-based Electrolux donated dozens of them Friday to Crisis Assistance Ministry.
One Charlotte mother was the first in need to bring home the new appliance.
"I came in one day and told her I was sleeping in the car and it was getting hard," said Dashana Teloma.
Teloma was homeless and had just started a new job when her boss referred her to the Salvation Army.
"I want to provide stability for my children," said Teloma.
Her two children have been living with family since she couldn't provide for them. With the Salvation Army's help she found a place to call home, but there was one big obstacle.
“We do not provide a refrigerator for you, you would have to get your own, and in order for me to move in I would need a refrigerator," said Teloma,
And like an answered prayer, Salvation Army found out Electrolux was donating 75 new refrigerators to the Crisis Assistance Ministry Furniture Bank.
"This is a big item for a lot of the families and it's not an affordable item so it's huge for them to be able to get it from crisis," said Shaketa Wright with the Salvation Army.
Friday morning employees volunteered unloading the units, even the CEO lent a helping hand.
"This is our community, this is our home, so this is one small part for all of us , all employees to give back to the community and help make the community a better place to live,” said Electrolux CEO, Jack Truong.
For Teloma, it's much more than just a refrigerator.
"That refrigerator just made a major difference. That refrigerator would be what would come between me and this house, so it means a whole lot," said Teloma.
It’s the difference that’ll bring her two babies back for good.
The rest of these units will stay in the Crisis Assistance Ministry Furniture Bank until their partnering agencies find people in need to donate them to.