Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warrick Dunn helps two parents with homes

It's a local holiday tradition that never gets old.

On Tuesday, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn helped two single parents realize their dream of home ownership as part of his nonprofit Homes for the Holidays program.

Pairing up with the East Pasco Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, Dunn's foundation gave down payment assistance to house a Dade City single mom and her children and a Plant City single father.

Rashawn Harris, who said he was "shocked" to find out he was chosen for the program, was only the second father picked since Dunn started Homes for the Holidays 12 years ago.

"It's not our first Christmas together, but it's our first Christmas together in our own home," Harris said, referring to himself and his 6-year-old daughter Alexia. "So that's going to be even more special."

Dunn also helped April Harrelson and her sons Ethan, 11, and Loghan, 8.

Dunn began the program in memory of his single mother, a Baton Rouge, La., police officer killed in the line of duty. Dunn has said that helping single mothers become homeowners is an issue that's close to his heart after moving half a dozen times as a child and watching his mother struggle to afford a home.

The new homes are stocked with food and furnished by donations from Aaron's. Dunn's foundation has helped more than 85 families since the program began.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warrick Dunn helps two parents with homes 12/08/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 3:23pm]

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