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Warrick Dunn Foundation helps three families move into new homes

6:17 PM, May 18, 2010   |    comments
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Dade City, Florida - These days, ex-Buccaneer Warrick Dunn is becoming more famous for his off-field work than his decorated career in football.

Dunn's foundation handed over three $5,000 checks to help families move into new homes.

House number ninety-five was made available to Mary Salazar, a single mother of five children.

"It is beautiful. I appreciate everything he's done for me and my family. this is awesome," said Mary.

Dunn was inspired by his late mother, who was a single parent. She was murdered while serving as a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He decided to start a foundation to help other single parents who are struggling financially, making it tough for them to qualify for a new home loan.

"We're giving her and her family an opportunity to be successful. She still has to do the work but we're helping them to take the next step," said Warrick Dunn, CEO for the Warrick Dunn Foundation.

The next step involves helping the families with a $5,000 down payment on their new homes. Dunn started the "Homes for the Holidays" program back in 1997as part of his foundation.

"What we're doing with the foundation is positive. We're making positive changes in the community," Dunn said.

Christina Clare became the recipient of house number ninety-six; she's the single mother of two girls who was surprised to see the home was completely furnished.

"We had no furniture at all. We had nothing but comfortable sets and a few dishes and whatever Habitat supplied like a stove, the refrigerator, the washer and dryer. But we had nothing else," said Christina.

Elois Adams used to live in the neighborhood and is thankful to Dunn that she was able to return to the community to live in a new house.

"This is a blessing to me. Hallelujah and I thank God for it and to Warrick Dunn - thank you, thank you and thank you," said Elois.

Dunn's foundation and its sponsors have now help ninety seven families around the the Bay area, Tallahassee, Atlanta and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Melvin Beal, 10 Connects

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