Several organizations are teaming up Tuesday to renovate the Hollywood home of a military family in need.
The Miami Dolphins Foundation, along with the Special Teams Program, Chevy and Rebuilding Together, will paint and landscape the home. The 74 working on the project will include volunteers, current players and staff, the Miami Dolphins said in a statement.
The home belongs to Leslye Lea, a Navy veteran, who lives with her elderly mother and teenage daughter. Lea's daughter is following in her mother's footsteps and is interested in the ROTC program and becoming a soldier.
"I am doing the best I can with the means I have. I am proud to have served my Navy well and I am just so grateful and blessed for this miracle. My mom is battling colon rectal cancer and trying to take care of the house and juggle everything has been really hard, but miracles happen. The living conditions will be a lot better for my grandmother," Lea said.
The home has been in the family for 33 years but has recently experienced deterioration. The family can only use one of the bedrooms because the other two have leaky roofs.
In addition to working on the home, several companies will donate household items for the cause, all to be delivered on Jan. 3.
Miami Dolphins Special Teams Program was established in 2009 to work with existing groups and help communities and families in need. The group reported they currently have 3,204 volunteers and 53,917 service hours to date.
"We're here in Hollywood, Florida not too far from Davie where our facility's at and really just South Florida in general is Dolphins county. To be able to give back to our community as much as we can, especially around the holidays, means that much more. But anytime we get a chance to give back and help a family in need it's always a great thing to do," said wide receiver Brain Hartline.