JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former NFL running back, Warrick Dunn, teams up with Habitat for Humanity to help a First Coast family.
His program, called "Home for the Holidays," has helped to furnish more than 120 homes from Tampa to Tallahassee, but Ebony Fleming's house was the charity's first in Jacksonville.
"Oh my god," Fleming cried as she and her children walked into their new, furnished home for the first time.
Fleming knew she would be closing on her house with the help of Habitat for Humanity, but she had no idea she would come back to a freshly furnished home.
"I'm in such shock," she says, smiling.
Fleming's six children range in age from one to fourteen years old and says this is such a blessing to them.
"This is so awesome to me," she says. "I'm blown away. I'm blown away to be honest with you."
From couches and kitchenware, to fully furnished bedrooms, Dunn's charity provides all the necessities a new home owner might need for their new house. However, Dunn says this surprise was especially sweet, right after Martin Luther King Junior Day.
"Life, home ownership is all about a dream, the American dream of home ownership and celebrating this home today, we're definitely talking about hopes and dreams and this is now a reality for Ebony and her family."
A reality where Fleming's new purchase is more than just a house, it's a home.
On behalf of the family, Dunn's charity also gave Habitat for Humanity a $5,000 down payment for their new home.
To date, Habitat for Humanity has helped provide houses for more than 1,750 families in Duval County.
First Coast News