Kurt and Brenda Warner, as they do every year through their “First Things First” foundation, surprised a family Tuesday by helping furnish a home the family — usually headed up by a single mom — worked so hard to purchase. This year it was Angela Perez and her 8-year-old son Joshua, who had just gotten a home in Mesa after Perez had put herself through school to become a medical assistant and then saved for a down payment.
“I was thinking at night, ‘How am I going to get furniture? What am I going to do?’ ” Perez said. “This just relieves a lot of stress, a lot of pressure.”
The program has always been important to the Warners, especially Brenda, who before she met Kurt was a single mom with two kids and using food stamps. “It sounds like this woman does what she has to do, and I like being surrounded by people like that,” Brenda Warner said.
The unveiling is always a surprise to the family, which gets furniture, appliances, linens, beds and other things needed within the house. Various corporate partners like Aaron’s, U-Haul, Safeway and S Mattress Liquidators also help out. “One thing I realized throughout my football career is you can work hard and work for opportunities, but a lot of times along the way you need someone to believe in you,” Kurt Warner said. “That’s what this program is all about.”
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