Miami Heat Star Helps Fire Victims

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IDecember 25, 2008

Every now and again, sports will present a story that just seems to tug at your heartstrings, especially during the holiday season.

Recently, Dawn Smith, a South Florida woman, lost her home after he nephew accidentally burned it down, the families' living status for Christmas was way off in left field and after Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade heard the story, he knew that he had to do something.

Wade presented Smith with the ultimate Christmas gift on Wednesday, a new house, and the family was able to move in, right in time for Christmas. Along with the house, Wade also presented the family with a few furnishings, clothing, and some Christmas gifts.

His foundation, Wade's World, will continue to make payments on the home until Smith and her family gets back on their feet.

Smith, clearly overjoyed, thanked Wade over and over again, but Wade only wanted to know one thing, he wanted to know if they liked the house.

"Its a big time relief," Smith later said.

But it isn't as if Wade has been sitting around twiddling his thumbs. Besides having basketball season to contend with, Wade also hosted a Christmas party for 350 children on Monday and bringing another 100 to the Heat's game against the Golden State Warriors.

But he wasn't done, he also split $30,000 between three different children's organizations.

With the Michael Vicks, Plaxico Burress', and the other negative sports stories of 2008, its refreshing to be able to end the year on a high note and see a family in need get a new home that they desperately needed.

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