While a running back in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, Warrick Dunn ran through holes opened up by his offensive linemen. With his days on the gridiron behind him now, Dunn has taken on the role of his centers, tackles and guards, opening paths for single parents to become homeowners, through his philanthropic efforts. Dunn does this through his Home For The Holidays (HFTH) which he established n 1997 through his Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC) organization. To date, Dunn and WDC have aided 145 single parents to attaining home ownership for themselves and their families. “For me, it’s all about when the family walks through, it’s all about them,” said Dunn.
The most recent beneficiary of Dunn’s charity was Xeniya McBroom who moved into a fully furnished home with her daughter. “I was very surprised to see it all decorated and furnished in here. It’s a big help and it looks beautiful,” said McBroom. This arrangement was a little different from the others, since it was the first time that HFTH teamed with Habitat For Humanity. Before moving in, McBroom had to complete money management training through Habitat for Humanity (which is not free). The home was actually purchased from Habitat For Humanity with a no-interest loan. Monthly mortgage payments, made by McBroom, will go towards building more Habitat For Humanity houses. Dunn has eased that burden a bit, though, by contributing a $5,000 down payment. McBroom is looking forward to her new life as a homeowner, “It’s independence. I don’t have to depend on my parents. It’s just a brand new start.”
Of his charitable work, Dunn says, “I’m thankful I’ve had the platform and opportunity to help people.”