FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Taking time off from practice to help a veteran in need, several Miami Dolphins players spent their morning in his Hollywood home making some much-needed repairs.
The players were joined by members of the team’s women’s organization, Special Teams program and Rebuilding Together.
Dolphins punter Brandon Fields was one of the players who gave his time to help out the couple.
“To be able to give back to the community and especially veterans; they give a lot to us, to allow our freedoms that we have and a lot of them sacrifice the ultimate sacrifice,” Fields said.
Eighty-year-old Donald McEnany served in the Korean War. He and his wife Mary have been married for over 50 years and have lived in the same Hollywood home since then, which looks very similar to how it looked 50 years ago.
“It’s overwhelming; I can’t believe this is happening,” Mary said. “It’s like a dream, I’m waiting to wake up.”
The interior and exterior modifications and repairs done by the Dolphins and Rebuilding Together to the couple’s home on North 68th Avenue were big improvements to their living conditions.
“Just a peaceful, very tranquil place where they can sit and enjoy each other and their time together,” said Diane Philbin, wife of Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.
The exterior of the home is expected to be completed this week, but the help for the McEnany’s doesn’t stop there.
On December 4th, Rooms to Go will deliver furniture.
“I can’t find the words to say thank you and bless you,” Mary said.