The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back helped surprise a single Florida mother with a new home last Wednesday—through his charity along with Habitat for Humanity and health care company Cigna.
LaToya Reedy, a single mother of an 18-year-old son, received a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is the 173rd Dunn’s charity has helped provide.
Warrick Dunn Charities partners with local community organizations to reduce the burden on new, single parent homeowners by fully furnishing their new house, providing downpayment assistance checks, and stocking the pantry with food.
In fact, Aaron’s provided $10,000 worth of furniture and other appliances for the home, and healthcare provider Cigna helped with $10,000 of groceries and assistance on the home’s down payment.
Being a homeowner now, I can be at home,” Reedy said. “I can be at peace. I can bring sweet memories to my house, and I can have my family and my friends over. I have a home now, and that’s something that I’ve always wanted for my son, and for myself.”
Dunn himself was raided by a single mother who worked tirelessly to provide for Warrick and 5 siblings. Unfortunately, Dunn’s mother was killed before his 18th birthday and he helped raised his siblings while playing college football.
“I’ve used this program as therapy,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. “Every time I hand over those keys there’s a little piece of my mom and the things she wanted.”