UPDATE: Former FSU Football Star Surprises a Single Mother - SLIDE SHOW

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Tallahassee, FL 4/13/12

One single-mother's dream of home-ownership has come true! Former Florida State football player and NFL star Warrick Dunn, helped make the mother's wish a reality earlier today.

Valencia Davis is a full-time janitor and single-mother of two. She's walking into her dream home for the very first time.

"I like everything! The rooms, the kids rooms are nice. The colors, and my bathroom is like the exact color I was going to put it!" said Davis.

Former football player Warrick Dunn is giving her and her daughters a guided tour.

It's all apart of Dunn's charity "Home for the Holidays." He pairs up with Habitat for Humanity to help hardworking single mothers like Davis.

"For my daughters to have a safe environment, a good neighborhood to grow up in," said Davis.

Dunn's foundation put $5,000 toward Davis' down payment, and fully furnished the house to make it a home. This is the 112th family he's helped.

"This program really rewards people who are working towards this already," said Dunn.

With every single-mother Dunn's assisted, he memorializes his mother. She was murdered when he was 18. She always wanted a home, and never got it.

"When her life was taken from her, her dream wasn't fulfilled," said Dunn.

As Dunn looks on while Davis signs the deed to her new home, he thinks of the similarities Davis has to his mother.

"Being a survivor. Someone who's dedicated, someone who's going to sacrifice everything to accomplish a goal," said Dunn.

Davis has already earned her associate's degree. She's planning on going back to school for a bachelor's degree in criminology.

Tallahassee, Florida - April 13, 2012 -

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Homes for the Holidays, a program of Warrick Dunn Charities, will surprise one single mom and her two children with a fully stocked home filled with decorations, toys/gifts, linens, furnishings, a stocked kitchen and everything needed to turn a house into a home. The Homes for the Holidays program rewards self-reliant single parents who have worked diligently to become first-time homebuyers by equipping them with everything they need in their new home, from furniture and linens to new toothbrushes for everyone. In addition, on behalf of the family, Warrick Dunn Charities will grant $5,000 to Big Bend Habitat for Humanity to be used as down-payment assistance for the new home.

Eyewitness News has a reporter at the event. Stay with WCTV for details.

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  • by Allan Location: N C on Apr 16, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    To all you bigots out there, many single moms become single through divorce, death and abandonment. The reason Dunn helps single moms is because he was raised by one-- a cop who was murdered in cold blood when he was 18. He has helped nmore than 100 single moms who are white, Hispanic, Asian and black. But you bigots are too blind in your hatred to see the truth.
  • by Lilly on Apr 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    Isn't it amazing that no one who knows this lady will comment about the daddy or daddy's?
  • by AM on Apr 15, 2012 at 01:24 PM
    As "white" someone who was involved with this project, I am disgusted by the comments made by some individuals on this post. You people are ignorant individuals who obviously do not know how Habitat for Humanity and the Warrick Dunn foundation works...your stupidity and shamefulness shows.
  • by al Location: tall on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    99 percent of black people are racist and they are never going to help a white person. They think like the taliban and the white people are enemy.
  • by Vicky on Apr 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    Tallahassee Democrat says mom worked on house while pregnant. Where is the daddy? This house will be trashed in no time just like all the rest.
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      by Anon on Apr 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM in reply to Vicky
      It will be trashed due to all the relatives living on welfare moving in.
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      by Well... on Apr 14, 2012 at 05:50 PM in reply to Vicky
      Aren't you a nice person.
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        by Anon on Apr 15, 2012 at 06:39 AM in reply to Well...
        I am a nice person. I speak the truth and I am tired as a taxpayer of taking care of all of these people.
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      by al on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM in reply to Vicky
      the daddy will show up after it is built and knock up the mom again.
  • by ^5 on Apr 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM
    Thank you, Warrick Dunn, for being an upstanding young man, caring for others, and "giving back." You are a blessing!
  • by Same on some of you on Apr 14, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    Finally some good news to read about and some of you turn it in to race against race. Same on you. With all the shootings, unemployment, economy news this is a nice reprieve. Besides it is his money he can do with it as he wishes. Rather than sit at your keyboard and complain why don't you do something to better the world like Warrick is doing? Because it is easier to sit and spout your opinion. Sad.
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      by Tk on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to Same on some of you
      Yep, this is what happens when there is good news to report, someone has to come and make their negative comments, and its a shame how they think that every black person is on welfare, well your wrong, and by the way I have seen him give a home to a white mother.
  • by Lisa on Apr 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    Warrick Dunn Foundation has helped single families of all races. He is a great giving man. He was raised by a wonderful single mother who taught him to give back to others.
  • by Mark on Apr 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM
    Mr. Dunn is great. Has this woman ever been married to the daddy of her children?
  • by Revalations Location: Midway on Apr 13, 2012 at 06:21 PM
    Not that turning on the TV everyday isn't enough, but you come on here to vent and show your true color. I can't understand just how much hatred there still is in the world. You don't here about whites being bless thru charity because of ancestors build what your grandparents stole. Most blacks/african americans don't get things left to them after a love one is gone. Blacks/African Americans have worked long and hard and when one make it, you people find a way to take it. Not here to vent, i'm just saying. No need to comment. It's the truth. If you or your relatives need help, JUST ASK. SMH!!! This world is becoming more patheic by the day.. God Bless America. The Lord said in his word, that "if my people would call on me by my name, I will heal their land". Lord I'm getting afraid for my children to go to school and come home in one peace. I'm calling on you LORD...
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