Oprah announces year's supply of Love Kitchen food from Kroger

Oprah announces year's supply of food for Love Kitchen from Kroger

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Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner were told to wear what they wear at the Love Kitchen so they donned their aprons. Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner were told to wear what they wear at the Love Kitchen so they donned their aprons.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - When the sisters who founded the Love Kitchen in East Knoxville appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, they received a huge surprise donation.

Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner traveled to Chicago on February 3 to meet Oprah and bring their message of ministering to the community to a national audience.

The sisters also met for the second time a woman named Dani Johnson who began her life on welfare, got pregnant at 17, was homeless at 21 and became a millionaire at 23.

Johnson built two companies at the same time. She manufactured and developed a nutritional product line, and started a training and development seminar company.

Johnson came to Knoxville last year for the new ABC show Secret Millionaire. She visited the Love Kitchen to volunteer and was so moved by the sisters' work that she gave the ministry a $20,000 check.

Helen told Oprah she and her sister don't want to slow down and added that when God is ready to take her, she wants him to take her on her feet.

Helen told Oprah that when Johnson revealed her true identity to the sisters and gave them her donation, "I was in shock, honey. We need it so much at that time. People were losing their jobs and everything."

Oprah told Helen and Ellen she had a surprise for them. One asked, "Are you going to come down and cook for us?"

Oprah laughed hard and told them, "That would be a surprise to me." Then she told them that the Kroger grocery store chain has given the Love Kitchen a year's supply of food and new kitchen countertop appliances.

Helen and Ellen hugged each other, clenched hands with Oprah and hugged Dani Johnson.

"It's so exciting! They so deserve it! They have worked so hard to take care of everyone else," said one of the volunteers who watched the show at the Love Kitchen.

The 82-year-old sisters are hospitalized due to the flu so they weren't able to watch the show at the Love Kitchen on Thursday as they had planned.

To send Helen and Ellen get-well wishes or cards, please address them to:

The Love Kitchen
P.O. Box 6839
Knoxville, TN 37914-6839

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