Single mom gets housewarming gift from former NFL player

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by Tanya Mendis

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azfamily.com

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 7:40 PM

COOLIDGE, Ariz. -- After months of hard work and help from Habitat for Humanity, a Coolidge mom received the keys to her new home. But she had no idea that a former NFL player was waiting with a housewarming gift worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Sieanna Castillo arrived at her new home Tuesday afternoon with her 8-year-old son Abrahm, and was greeted by a dozen people from various charities who came to share in the moment.

One of those people, Warrick Dunn, a former NFL running back who has a charity that helps single parents live their dreams of home-ownership. Dunn partnered with Aaron’s furniture and furnished the home from top to bottom: all of the bedrooms, living spaces and even the pantries were fully stocked.

Dunn also provided a $5k check to help Castillo with her mortgage payments.

“I wasn’t expecting any of that,” Castillo says. “I was so appreciative.”

Castillo’s journey has been a long one. She is a former drug addict, who turned her life around when she found out she was pregnant.

“It’s been me and him, ever since,” Castillo says.

Today, Castillo has her associate’s degree and is working on her bachelor’s. Until Tuesday, she was renting a room from her aunt, a room she shared with her son.

Tuesday, Abrahm bounced around in his new room, all smiles as he checked out some of his new toys. It’s the first time he’s had a room of his own.

“It means a lot,” Castillo says, thanking everyone who helped her along the way. “It means so much to me.”

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