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  •  Happy Friday, all. (10+ / 0-)

    Speaking of NFL players, one of my all time favorite retired players, Warrick Dunn has for 15 years with his charity helped 120 single parents – and  322 children – continue their path to financial freedom and stability by assisting them with the purchase of a new home.

    Yesterday, Dunn's charity and Habitat for Humanity helped a furnish a new home for a first coast single mother with six children.

    His program, called "Home for the Holidays," has helped to furnish more than 120 homes from Tampa to Tallahassee, but Ebony Fleming's house was the charity's first in Jacksonville.

    "Oh my god," Fleming cried as she and her children walked into their new, furnished home for the first time.

    Fleming knew she would be closing on her house with the help of Habitat for Humanity, but she had no idea she would come back to a freshly furnished home.

    "I'm in such shock," she says, smiling.

    The real laugh was that Ms Fleming has never followed football and had no idea who Warrick Dunn was.

    Have a wonderful weekend, everybuddy ;~D

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:31:14 PM PST

    •  that's a great story :) (6+ / 0-)

      thanks for sharing.

      •  Thank you, mali. (6+ / 0-)

        Warrick Dunn came from a single mother home and was the oldest of (I think) four.  He was just days past his 18th birthday when his mother, who was working as a security guard, was shot and killed while escorting a business man making a night deposit.  Dunn went on to play football for FSU (Florida State University) --where he set many records -- which is where he caught my eye and attention.  His aunt and uncle took in him and his family and Warrick never missed a single day calling and checking up on his siblings.  

        He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round and I would read stories of how he was living cheaply as possible and aiding in his sibling's upbringing and saving for their education.  Once he was financially secure in that regard he began his charity work with Habitat for Humanity saying he understood from a first person perspective how hard it was for a single mother to raise children and how most times owning a home was the impossible dream.

        Sorry to be so chatty, but I've always deeply admired this man.  He is the best kind of athlete - the good role model kind!

        Have a wonderful weekend, mal ;-)

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:54:52 PM PST

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