(3TV/CBS 5) - Brenda Warner had to ask Sulma Magana's forgiveness. The wife of the former Arizona Cardinals quarterback had lied to Sulma. The Warner's First Things First Foundation had helped Sulma and her daughters Angelique and Anahi find a home in Glendale. Brenda had not told her that the home would be furnished.

"There's not much I can say," said Sulma. "I'm emotional."

The Warners, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, FSL Real Estate partners, Aaron's Inc, U-Haul and Brooklyn Bedding teamed up to furnish the new house, turning it into a home.

"It changes our lives," said 14-year-old Anahi. Her sister Angelique couldn't even get a word out.

It's the 48th time the Warners have walked a family into a new home, and 23rd time in Arizona. The idea for the projects originated when Brenda was a single mom herself.  

"I remember being a person that needs and now I get to be a person that gives," said Brenda. "To look in the eye of these single moms and 'say I've been where you are.' Maybe there's a Kurt Warner for you some where. But you get to start over here. This is a do over. I remember just asking God to have somebody put money in my mailbox to make ends meet. They get to start fresh. I love that."

"The can step into a new life for themselves," said Kurt. "They don't have to worry about any of those burdens now. It's just about building memories.  To give kids a place to grow up, in a place they can call home. We remember our days where we were searching for the same thing."

The Warner's story famously went from Kurt working at a grocery store all the way the Super Bowl. The Warners weren't finished in Glendale on Thursday. They headed to South Phoenix to meet up with Yurel Gonzalez and her family. She recently gave birth to a baby girl named Sophia. The baby slept through the entire event but it is a moment her family will never forget.

"I was not expecting the whole house furnished. They tricked me. My sister wants a computer to do her homework and then we come and everything we told them was here," said Yurel. "It's what we've dreamed of and have been working really hard to accomplish. It was a bumpy road. We almost gave up."

The Warners helping families with a home is a holiday tradition in the desert and a reminder of what the holiday season is all about.

 


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