One year ago today, a pillar of the Knoxville community died peacefully in her sleep at 87 years old.
Ellen Turner, the co-founder of the Love Kitchen, died on April 22, 2015. She's being remembered today for her devotion to the community.
She and twin sister Helen have fed countless homebound seniors and people in need over the last three decades. Volunteers and staff at the Love Kitchen continue their mission today.
"We keep Ellen's memory alive by just doing what we do every week - coming down here and serving people making sure people have food that no one went hungry," said Patrick Riggins, Love Kitchen Executive Director. "As her and Helen say, 'Everybody is God's somebody.' We remind them [people in need] that we're here and we care."
Every week volunteers work to feed nearly three thousand people. Helen visits when her health allows it.
Riggins said the twins spirit is always there and they've been moved by the outpouring of support.
"We want to thank everyone who has come forward over the last year who has expressed condolences to Helen. It's just been amazing, the outreach we've had of love. From literally around the world for her," said Riggins.
The Love Kitchen is open Monday through Thursday. They are always in need of volunteers and donations to keep the twins mission going. You can get more information at their website.