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Dancing With the Stars Pro Karina Smirnoff on How She Gives Back (VIDEO)

Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff isn't just a talented dancer with a fiery personality — the ballroom fixture is a good person who likes to give back as much as possible.

Celebified spoke to Karina while she was at a recent unite4:good charity gala, and the gorgeous pro discussed how she tried to give back.

"I try to do as much as I can," she said. "Granted, the schedule is crazy. But, for example, during Thanksgiving, I got together with a few of the photographers, the paparazzi that we see all the time in the street. They're really quite amazing guys. They came to the country, they're still struggling to build their own careers and incomes. They started this thing called the blanket drive. They told me about it, and I said, 'I want to be a part of it.

"So we got a bunch of blankets, a bunch of food, drinks, and we went to skid row down in downtown L.A., and we were giving them out. And it's like — some people cried. People who were receiving blankets. And they said, thank you, thank you for doing this."

Aww. How awesome is that? Hopefully Karina will continue to find ways to work giving back into her schedule, because it's not getting any less busy — after all, it looks like she's back for Dancing With the Stars Season 18!

02.28.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Rebecca Martin
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