August 12th, 2011
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Knoxville, Tennessee (CNN) - Helen Ashe experienced many hardships growing up in Abbeville, South Carolina, during the 1930s and '40s. Her family's first house had no lights or running water.

But even during tough times, she and her twin sister, Ellen, were taught to be selfless.

"My daddy taught us not to take the last piece of bread from the table; somebody may come by that's hungry," Ashe remembered.

Since 1986, Ashe has been leaving a whole lot more than bread on the table.

As the founder of the Love Kitchen in Knoxville, Tennessee, she has helped serve more than 1 million free meals to those in need.

FULL STORY: 'Love Kitchen' delivers for Knoxville needy

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  1. TX4UREXKARLENE

    I wish stores would donate instead of tossing out their products .
    God Bless those 2 Ladies !

    August 13, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  2. Susan in houston tx

    May God continue to bless you. Thank you.

    August 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  3. I heart Evil Grin@ Matt

    They said the same thing on Scret Millionare, I just wish they had gotten more money out of it for the soup kitchen

    August 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  4. Multi-Tasking @ Work

    I just want to hug them both...God Bless them

    August 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  5. Naomi

    May God bless this dear lady! It was 1 million gold meals!

    August 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  6. Matt

    Saw them on Oprah. She said " I have a surprise for you two." And one of the sisters replied 'you gonna cook for us?" LOL! Wonderful ladies!

    August 12, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  7. Mike Fossum

    Inspired us to help with our kids! What a wonderful story to be able to leave the art of giving... Thanks ladies!

    August 12, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  8. Mike Fossum

    Inspired us to volunteer with our kids to help... What a great story to learn from... Thanks ladies!

    August 12, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  9. Erika Estrada

    I saw these Ladies on "secret millionare" they are so sweet! (they werent the millionares)

    August 12, 2011 at 11:23 am |
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