PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The holiday season is a little brighter for a Valley family in need thanks to Hall of Famer and former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife.
The mother of three just purchased her first home with help from Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona. On Friday, they received the surprise of a lifetime when they were greeted by Kurt and Brenda Warner, who, through their foundation, First Things First, completely furnished the home and stocked the kitchen.
“I’m so happy,” said Elsa, a first-time homeowner. “It’s the first time I have a home with my kids. It's a dream come true.”
“I think back to when I was younger, and I can’t remember the food or presents, but I do remember the family coming together at our home,” said Kurt. “Why we are here is not to throw touchdown passes and play Super Bowls, although that was fun and I am glad we got to do it. But it is to use the platform that God has given us to impact people.”
The First Things First Foundation has rewarded the hard work of 51 families since beginning the program in 2002. Brenda reflects on her own previous struggles as a single mom and hopes to inspire others this holiday season and beyond.
“Somedays you are the person who needs then one day you can be the person that gives, and it can switch in a heartbeat,” said Brenda. “I know from my own life it can switch in a minute so, where you are, do what you can.”