Commissioners Bob Thomas and Jeff Ownby and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett surprised The Love Kitchen’s founders, twin sisters Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, with a donation drop-off during their birthday party on Thursday, March 26. The sisters turned 87 on March 8.

The donations included several barrels of canned-food and a check for more than $2,600. They were collected during December at the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Holiday Festival of Lights event.

The Love Kitchen, located at 2418 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to the homebound, homeless and unemployed. For more information visit http://www.thelovekitchen.org/.