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Tanisha Dennis is the main organizer of an event, "Spread the Love," a faith-based event aimed at promoting unity and healing within the community on Oct. 21 at the DeSoto County Courthouse lawn.

Robert Long|DTT

Tanisha Dennis has a smile on her face and a song in her heart.

The Bible also says that "God loves a cheerful giver" and Dennis believes in giving back to her community.

The 2005 Hernando High School graduate is hoping to "Spread the Love" in her community through a faith-based event slated for Oct. 21 on the grounds of the DeSoto County Courthouse in Hernando.

The event, which is being sponsored by Greater Harvest Ministries, is slated from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The "Spread the Love" event is Dennis' way of demonstrating the love she feels in her heart for her fellow sisters and brothers in Christ.

"I was always called 'Love Angel' when I was growing up," said Dennis, who suffers from a rare disorder that causes her to momentarily lose awareness of her surroundings.

Her condition has caused her to be unable to drive and sometimes it's caused difficulties at work.

"God is preparing me for something better," Dennis said. She is using her recuperating time to help heal the divisions within the community, nation and world. "I love to see other people get along and be peaceful with one another. I feel like 'Spread the Love' is to be valued and appreciated and help to donate that feeling of goodwill back to the community."

Despite her affliction, Dennis continues to wear her wide, bright smile.

"I try not to let it get me down," added Dennis, who is attending online classes in early childhood education at Capital University in Florida. "My goal is to have my own early childhood education center one day."

Dennis said she knows the positive effect that showing love can have on children.

For her part, Dennis said she was "smothered in love" by a caring and loving family.

Dennis is a member of the Tuggle extended family in the Hernando area.

Her mother, Vanessa Tuggle, said her daughter has always possessed a kind, caring spirit.

"She has been going into the hospitals and showing love by praying for the people there," Tuggle said.

Dennis said the "Spreading the Love" event is free to the greater community.

There will be fun, food, games, live music, giveaways and more festivities planned, according to Dennis.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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