On Nov. 21, Warrick Dunn and Aaron’s made a single mother of two, Nique, a first-time homeowner through Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, a Thanksgiving to remember.
When she arrived at what she expected to be an empty house, she was surprised to discover former Falcons’ star Warrick Dunn in the driveway, bringing a life-changing gift in the form of $10,000 in Aaron’s furnishings and a $5,000 down-payment assistance check.
Over 50 members of the community showed up to support the reveal, including Congresswoman Nikema Williams and Habitat for Humanity volunteers who helped build the home.
This was the 220th home celebration held by Warrick Dunn Charities, the former NFL star’s nonprofit organization that identifies single parents across the country and assists them in achieving their goal of first-time homeownership through its “Homes for the Holidays” program.
While Aaron’s provided the furnishings, other sponsors who contributed groceries and supplies to the home include Ryan Jumonville, Cayden’s Way, and Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral.
Nique, who has been described as “a nurturer by nature,” relocated to Atlanta in 2006 and immediately became active with the social justice organization YWCA, working with newborns and preschoolers.
Nique keeps a busy schedule as a single parent to 10-year-old son Aaron and 9-year-old daughter Zoey, combining extracurricular activities for the kids and regularly attending church.
“She views home ownership as a path to financial freedom for her family and can’t believe her dream is finally coming true,” a news release said.
“This is a tremendous blessing and one that caught us completely by surprise,” Nique said in a statement. “Instead of having Thanksgiving at a fast food restaurant, we get to celebrate at a beautiful new home that is all ours — it’s a moment we will never forget.”