Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen may be in the twilight of his career, but his philanthropy game is as strong as ever.
Allen was in Minnesota over the weekend breaking ground on a brand new, handicap accessible home he and his charity are building for U.S. Marine and combat veteran Corporal Colin Faust.
As Bears beat writer Larry Mayer reported, Allen and his Homes for Wounded Warriors Foundation regularly convert old homes into handicap accessible ones, but this is the first house they’ve built from the ground up.
Cpl. Faust has been handicapped since 2010, when he lost his left leg from an IED explosion during a combat tour in Afghanistan. The explosion also severely injured his right leg and left arm. He currently lives in a patio home that isn’t wheelchair accessible, but that’s all about to change soon. Allen told local news station KSTP that the home should be done in 4-6 months.
Faust spoke to KTSP last week about the work of Allen and his organization.
"It's an incredible feeling that someone has the heart and generosity to take their fame and wealth and do something for good," he said.
Allen started his foundation in 2009 after he went on a tour of the United States military bases in the Middle East. He says the soldiers he met there inspired him to enrich their lives however he could back home.
"We've done a lot of acquired homes, remodeling and stuff like that. So we are excited to be able to give Colin his dream home and a home that's going to function for him for the rest of his life," Allen said.