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Kurt Warner and wife Brenda plan huge surprise for Metro East mom

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Amber, a single mother of two, had trouble finding words when she walked into her family's new Habitat for Humanity home in Collinsville. (Credit: KMOV) Amber, a single mother of two, had trouble finding words when she walked into her family's new Habitat for Humanity home in Collinsville. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda returned to St. Louis Monday to surprise a Metro East mother as she works hard to give her family a fresh start.

Amber, a single mother of two, had trouble finding words when she walked into her family's new Habitat for Humanity home in Collinsville.

She knew she was getting the keys Monday, but she had no idea the surprise waiting for her inside.

"It shocked me, completely surprised," she said.

The Kurt Warner First Things First foundation partnered with companies to fill Amber's home with furniture, a washer and dryer, a computer and more, then worked with Habitat for Humanity to surprise her.

"I love the idea behind habitat for humanity: hand up, not hand out, because what I realized in life, whether on football field or somewhere else, all of us need a hand at some point in time," Warner said.

Amber, who has a full-time job, helped build her home and is paying the interest-free mortgage on it.

Her four-year-old son and her one-year-old daughter will now have their own rooms for the first time.

"A fresh start, a place for them to grow up, have fun and make wonderful new memories," she said.

Amber is grateful for the support and encouragement, especially from Kurt's wife Brenda, who was a struggling single mother of two before she met Kurt.

"It's refreshing to meet someone who was in a similar situation, has risen above it and is still able to give back," she said.

Warner's foundation worked closely with U-Haul, Aaron's and Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity to make Monday’s reveal possible for Amber and her family.

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