Warrick Dunn's project helps single-parent families

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta woman has a house full of furniture, a fully stocked refrigerator and a $5,000 check toward a down payment on her home thanks to former NFL star Warrick Dunn.

Dunn presented Janice Cantrell with the gift Thursday as part of his "Home for the Holidays" project started in 1997. Since then, the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in furnishings and $500,000 in down payment assistance to single-parent families in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, La., and Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla.

Dunn started the program in honor of his mother, Betty Smothers, a Baton Rogue police officer who was killed during an armed robbery nearly 20 years ago.

Also in attendance Thursday were former President Jimmy Carter, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.


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  • by Diane Location: Tampa Bay, FL on Dec 3, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    Warrik, you are an absolutely amazing person. Reading this helps put people in warm moods and great Christmas Spirits. We love and appreciate what you do for our friends of our country.
  • by angela Location: atlanta on Dec 2, 2010 at 02:55 PM
    Warrick, I have always admired you on the field and off the field. I have followed you from your college days. You are WONDERFUL! I want to personally thank you for all the great things you have contributed to everyone. You are awesome in power. Keep up all the good deeds and good things will continously come to you. I love You in a BIG way. Hope to someday get to meet you. I am so proud of you! Everytime I see you on your Warrick Dunn's Projects I get teary eyed. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! Angie
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