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Two Arizona families receive keys to renovated homes before Thanksgiving

PHOENIX — A pair of Phoenix single mothers were brought to tears Tuesday when they were given the keys to two renovated homes ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

One mother, Rhoda Crispo, immigrated to the United States in 2001 from Sudan. She received the keys to her home near 59th Avenue and Camelback Road from former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, whose charity helped furnish both homes.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “I’ve been trying to make something better. I can’t believe this is real and what kind of love I’ve been given.”

Crispo has 14-year-old twins, James and Julia, who were born shortly after she arrived.

Luz Gil received keys of her own near 80th and Peoria avenues. The single mother of three is a 20-year Phoenix resident who immigrated from Mexico.

Habitat for Humanity renovated both homes. Warner’s foundation worked with Aaron’s and R&S Mattress Liquidators to furnish them while Kellogg’s and Safeway teamed to fill the pantries with food, including a Thanksgiving meal.

U-Haul provided support to set up the homes and the Pedal Power Foundation provided each child with a new bicycle.

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