When 82-year-old twin sisters Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner (pictured), who have devoted their lives to helping the less fortunate, found their homes in need of repair earlier this year, area businesses including lighting distributor Modern Supply Co. did not hesitate to give back to the sisters who have given so much. The Knoxville, TN, kitchen, bath and lighting showroom donated indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures and ceiling fans to the Labor of Love Project, a local effort to help remodel the women’s homes.
Modern Supply CEO Pace Robinson says he’s glad to have been part of the volunteer effort to help the women who are always helping others.
“Helen and Ellen truly care about people and have sacrificed so others may eat and receive help when they need it most,” he said in a statement. “We’re honored to have been part of this project and are ready to help with Ellen’s home renovation. In the true Tennessee Volunteer spirit, the community has come together to return Helen and Ellen’s generosity.”
Ashe and Turner run an organization called The Love Kitchen, which distributes meals, clothing and emergency food packages to the homeless or unemployed. The organization, which began 25 years ago in a church basement, started out serving 22 meals a day, but now prepare 2,000 meals a week. The Love Kitchen operates on donations, and was featured earlier this year on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the ABC show Secret Millionaire.
While Ashe’s home was finished in April, the work isn’t over for The Labor of Love project, which was organized by the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville. The next step is a remodel of Turner’s home, and Robinson says Modern Supply will once again step up to help.