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Mayor Burchett stops by The Love Kitchen, delivers donations

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 14, 2017) - During last year’s Holiday Festival of Lights event at Concord Park, the Knox County community donated six barrels of canned food and $3,188 to The Love Kitchen. On Valentine's Day morning, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett joined Commissioner Evelyn Gill and the Knox County Parks & Recreation Department to deliver the donations.

"The volunteers at The Love Kitchen do amazing work, and these donations will help them continue to make a difference in the lives of others," said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. "It wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of our community, and I want to thank everyone who made a donation."

Valentine's Day is especially sweet for The Love Kitchen. Sisters Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner started the nonprofit on Feb. 14, 1986. Back then, the sisters served meals to 22 people. Now, volunteers provide around 3,000 meals weekly to the homebound, homeless and unemployed. 

The Holiday Festival of Lights is presented each December by the Parks and Recreation Department. The event is free, but donations are accepted to benefit The Love Kitchen. A special thanks to sponsor B97.5 for its continued support.

For more information on The Love Kitchen, including how you can get involved or volunteer, visit

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