A D.C. firefighter got a welcome surprise from a Washington Redskins rookie Tuesday.
Marvette James got a knock on her door from linebacker Cole Holcomb, who came with a truckload of free furniture for her family’s new house.
James was a teacher with D.C. public schools before becoming a firefighter. A D.C. native, she has been giving back to the city ever since a local scholarship paid her college tuition. On Tuesday, the city gave back to her.
A single mother of two boys and two girls, James’ family just purchased their first home with the help of a program run by the Greater Washington Urban League.
All the furniture for her new house was provided by Bob’s Furniture and the Washington Redskins.
“Thank you, Jesus, for this moment, because this just takes a load off me,” James said.
The Greater Washington Urban League said the gift of the furniture is intended to help James avoid debt.
“Now you have a mortgage, but really don’t overlay on top of that heavy debt in terms of furniture,” Greater Washington Urban League CEO George H. Lambert Jr. said.
For Holcomb, Tuesday was a chance to connect with his new city.
“Marvette, really the whole teacher becomes a firefighter thing, really resonated,” he said. “Grandpa was a firefighter, so when they told me she was a first responder, I definitely wanted to come out and help make her day a little bit better.”
It also got him more excited about his NFL debut.
“Definitely feels good, feeling the love, love Washington,” Holcomb said. “Yeah, it’s getting me excited for Sunday.”