After His Mother Was Murdered, He Started Changing The Lives Of Moms Just Like Her


Running back Warrick Dunn played in the NFL for 12 years, was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl three times and won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 1997. But what he's doing now is even more impressive. 


Dunn was raised in a single-parent household by his mom, Betty Smothers. In 1997, Smothers, a police officer, was working an off-duty security shift when she was killed during an armed robbery. Four years later, Dunn started an initiative to help other single parents just like her. 

His program, Homes for the Holidays, is helping to give homes to single-parent families. It aims to help them with "down payment assistance, food, home furnishings and other necessities to combat poverty and hunger, and to improve the quality of life for those in need," according to the organization's website

Eighteen years later and his organization is still helping tons of families. 

Recently, Dunn gave away his 144th home to a widow who's house was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy just a few months after her husband's death.

Homes for the Holidays works with Habitat for Humanity to choose recipients. Dunn's nonprofit even provides support services focused on nutrition, economic empowerment and education.

Take a look at some of the single-parent families the organization has helped so far:

(H/T: Elite Daily)

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