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Mother of 5, gets home, furniture in time for Thanksgiving holiday

Posted at 11:26 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 23:27:52-05

Home for the holidays, it's something so many of us take for granted but not the Johnson family. 

They were homeless but now thanks to the generosity of several businesses and organizations, they have a real home this Thanksgiving.

"This has really been a blessing to my family. I’ve been crying all day waiting for them to get here," said Kai Johnson.

Johnson isn't taking anything for granted this Thanksgiving; she has a kitchen to cook in and now, beds for her and her family to sleep in.

"We slept on the floor on sheets and blankets and we all just slept together," Johnson told WMAR-2 News.

Johnson lost everything after tragedy struck her family.

"My husband got murdered almost three years ago and we lost everything."

Wednesday, she said they gained so much back.  Price Busters Furniture filled her house with beds, lines and new furniture.

"It’s just a great feeling to be able to be that person, be that person who is able to uplift these people, people who have fallen down and hopefully this will catapult them to the next level," said Price Busters co-owner, Cal Finkelstein.

This Thanksgiving will be one filled with joy, food and a table Johnson and her family can gather around. 

"My kids don’t even know it’s going to be a surprise its just really a blessing."

They'll come home to brand new bedroom sets and a place to call their own; a far cry from what Shamel, Shamari, Shaheed, Samiyah, and Raheem have had to deal with.

"We were staying in place to place and staying in the shelter and we just fell on hard times," said Johnson.

"The smile on their faces to know that they’re happy to know that they’re not worrying just to be kids and enjoy life."

As she cooked on Thanksgiving Eve, her thoughts are of others.

"Eventually, when I get back on my feet, I want to give back," Johnson told WMAR-2 News.

And that's the true meaning of the season.

Two other families were also given full sets of furniture during the home for the holidays drive.

Price Busters said it plans to help families like these every holiday season.