DALLAS -- We’ve all seen those home makeover shows, but this isn’t a reality show. Although reality is something retired Marine Benjamin Anderson knows a lot about.
Two years ago this month, His wife and 10-year-old daughter were killed in a car accident. Since then, he's been living in and out of homeless shelters with 8-year-old daughter A'Naijah. And now, he's battling his second round of cancer.
Every summer, Anderson and A’Naijah have had to cope with more than most families face in a lifetime.
“She had that idea that bad luck exists in August,” said Anderson.
This August was different when local businesses and non-profits got together to give this hero and his daughter a home, absolutely free.
“I know in her heart now, she knows it's not August no more,” Anderson said.
Now A’Naijah finally gets her own room, but that wasn’t nearly as important as the playground in her own backyard.
“It's not just for Ben and A’Naijah. It's the way A’Naijah will grow now that this is how I live. This is how we live our lives,” said Lisa Robison with Dwell With Dignity.
“It gives me a peace of mind that she'll never be homeless,” Anderson said.
For the first time in a long time when A’Naijah starts school this month, she'll have a home address.
Anderson said, “And that's worth a million dollars. It does my heart so good.”