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From twins, to twins: A Love Kitchen donation

10:31 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Knoxville) On their first birthday, two baby boys from East Tennessee learned the importance of giving.

Wade and Will Bottjer celebrated their first birthday this July. Instead of gifts for their party, mom Shelli asked for canned good donations.

"I was kind of wanting to do something in order to give back," said Shelli, as a thank you to everyone who supported her while she and her husband tried to get pregnant, then after the couple learned they'd be having twins.

"Then, it kind of dawned on me: Why don't my twins collect food to be able to take to Helen and Ellen, another set of twins," she said.

On Wednesday, the Bottjer boys and their mother delivered eight baskets of canned goods to the Love Kitchen, and their famous twins: Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner.

"Oh my Lordy, look at those beautiful eyes!" said the senior twins, when the younger ones were carried through the door.

As both sets of twins posed for pictures, Ashe thanked the Bottjers and their generous friends.

"Our service continues to grow, and we want to be able to take care of everybody who's asking for something," she said.

"I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And I thank the Lord for you, for bringing these two in here. Look what kind of life they'll have starting off like this."

While Bottjer's twins didn't fully comprehend their good deed, she hopes they will grow up with a vested interest in giving back to the community.

"I hope that they continue to do good deeds. I hope people can see God shine through them," she said.



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