'Secret Millionaire' Dani Johnson visits Knox non-profits again

'Secret Millionaire' Dani Johnson visits Knoxville non-profits again

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The Love Kitchen sisters were ecstatic to have Dani Johnson back in the kitchen to dish out some love. The Love Kitchen sisters were ecstatic to have Dani Johnson back in the kitchen to dish out some love.

By JAMIE LYNN DROHAN
6 News Reporter 

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Texas millionaire Dani Johnson, who donated money to Knoxville non-profits for the ABC hit "Secret Millionaire," returned to town Thursday and visited recipients.

Johnson went undercover as a volunteer and surprised The Joy of Music School earlier this year with a $40,000 donation. She also donated money to the Love Kitchen.

"These people are phenomenal to me and inspirational to me," Johnson said.

Although the show is over and the surprise is out of the bag, that didn't stop Johnson from getting back to work in the Love Kitchen.

Johnson, who's now on a tour for her book "First Steps to Wealth," made it a point to stop and say hello to some dear friends.

"I think what is amazing about Knoxville, Tennessee is the pride that you have in being the Volunteer State. I learned something powerful," she said.

"It means so much to us to have a relationship with her because she's been so good to us," said Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, the twin sisters who founded and run the Love Kitchen.

The sisters were ecstatic to have Johnson back in the kitchen to dish out some love.

"From her heart, you can tell what she does from her heart. She gave us a big donation which is helping us and has helped us a lot in helping more people less fortunate than we are," the sisters said.

After the kitchen, Johnson made her way to the Joy of Music School on Euclid Avenue.

"This is our chance to thank her in person, and to make sure she understands the benefit of her donation has spilled over into other people's lives and has come back to the school in many ways," said Joy of Music Executive Director Francis Graffeo.

Johnson says this is just one of hopefully many visits to come. "Every state needs to be this way. I have a lot of respect for Tennessee, and you really hold that heritage and it's beautiful to me," she said.

More information on Dani Johnson's free book tour is posted on her website.

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