Denise Taylor, a 56-year-old resident of the South End, has made a habit of making generous donations to Boston children. Just last week, Taylor dropped $1,050 to take a group of 24 kids to New Hampshire’s Canobie Lake amusement park. In two weeks, Taylor will also be spearheading an effort to supply the children of her Grove Hall church with necessities for the new school year. These would include uniforms, socks, underwear, toothbrushes, and other amenities. “That first day of school is so very important,” she said. “I want them to be looking good and feeling ready to do great things in school.”
Taylor’s selfless actions are amazing, not only because of the assistance that she provides to the children, but because she cannot afford them. She works as a benefits administrator for the Federal Department of Labor, and her salary does not provide for the extravagant giving that she has become known for. However, her good deeds do not go unnoticed. “Denise is like a godmother to all of our children,” said Earlena Williams, a parent. For Taylor, though, the praise means little. “They can do anything they want. These children have so much greatness in them. I know, I’ve seen it. What they need to know is that someone believes in them, and truly loves them,” she says. And her light pockets? “My only regret is that I wish I could do more.” Read more here.