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.