“The first event where I actually participated was a Valentine’s party for mostly middle school kids. She paid $200 to rent a room at a community center because she could not find any place that would let her use their facilities. She had a huge buffet (donations from friends and businesses) and invited special speakers to encourage the kids to aspire to higher goals,” writes her friend Barbara Glenn in an e-mail to ESSENCE.com.
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“This is my favorite picture of Denise,” Glenn says. “Her children are Lavon Wiggins (24), Nate Wiggins (14), and Ashley Steger (18). She has good kids and involves them a lot in her service activities.”
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The busy woman volunteers to clean and wax floors for non-profit organizations. She is also known to help elderly people with organizing their garages and raking leaves.
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“Denise is all about helping kids, but she always makes sure they know the importance of giving back to others,” says Barbara.
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Denise does not usually take any pictures working at events. Here the kindhearted woman opens her home for a Christmas party.
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Mother & Daughter
A lovely Denise poses with her daughter, Ashley, who hopes to go into medicine one day.
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“I have known her for about 6 years and she has taught me a lot about service. As with many people, I can over-think something and it never gets done. Denise just does it and somehow it always works out…over and over,” says her friend Barbara Glenn.
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