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Custodian chosen by Oprah as 'working hero'

November 15, 2010
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HUNTSVILLE, AL — Denise Wiggins is so busy between her many jobs — sometimes working two to pay her own family''s bills and two to help others — that she rarely takes time for herself, according to The Huntsville Times.
She got a mini-vacation of sorts last week when she and two of her three children were flown out to Chicago to tape a segment of the Oprah show featuring America''s working heroes, the article stated.
"She is so sweet and down-to-Earth," Wiggins said of Winfrey. "She''s got such a good heart."
According to the article, that same sentiment can be used to describe Wiggins, who uses her own earnings from multiple jobs — up to four at a time — to ensure that needy children of all ages get the things they need.
Wiggins has also focused on children in the foster care system who have "aged out," or turned 18 and become ineligible for further assistance, the article noted.
Her good deeds have garnered attention over the years, first from local media and then from Essence magazine, which featured her in December as a "Hometown Hero": Oprah''s production staff caught wind of it, and last week sent a camera crew to follow Wiggins as she worked, the article added.
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