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The Aaron's Company partnered with former NFL standout Warrick Dunn in August to fully furnish houses for two first-time homeowners in Dacula, Ga., and Roseville, Mich., as part of Warrick Dunn Charities' (WDC) "Homes for the Holidays" program.
Aaron's collaborated with WDC on the two surprises, which marked the 193rd and 194th home celebrations for the organization. "Homes for the Holidays" rewards single parents who are actively working to achieve first-time homeownership by alleviating additional financial burdens that can come with establishing a new home. While the houses themselves are constructed and financed through Habitat for Humanity, the surprise comes when the families discover they are fully furnished and stocked by Aaron's – a $10,000 commitment for each home in the program.
"First-time homeownership can be a daunting challenge, and it is incredibly rewarding to see our contributions ease the stress of these important milestones for these families," said Douglas Lindsay, Chief Executive Officer of The Aaron's Company, Inc. "Warrick's impact continues to touch all corners of the country, and we are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our belief in 'The Power of Give' through this 18-year partnership."
The first of the August celebrations took place in Dacula, Ga., where Dominican Republic-native Jomayra and her two teenage children were delighted to discover their new home was move-in ready. Having previously stayed in a neighborhood riddled with crime, Jomayra was thrilled to move her family to a community where they could live without worry of violence. The second event was in Roseville, Mich., just outside of Detroit. A U.S. Postal Service Worker and mother of four, Cieara had longed for a home to call her own, where her four young children could grow together and prosper. Upon entering their new dream home, one of Cieara's youngest children exclaimed, "I want to stay here forever!" See a Warrick Dunn video message here.
"I continue to be inspired by these women who have worked relentlessly to give their children the best lives possible, all driven by love and the hope for a better tomorrow," said Warrick Dunn. "The recent passing of my former coach and mentor, Bobby Bowden, reminded me of the drive and compassion he instilled in me as a player, which to this day serves as a key inspiration for the work my organization does to change lives in communities across the country."
In addition to the furnishings provided by Aaron's, Dunn's charity also provided a $5,000 down-payment assistance check to each family and finishing touches with the help of Ryan Jumonville.
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