In the new issue of Closer Weekly, Kenny Rogers exclusively shares photos inside his June 1 appearance at his own Kenny Rogers Children’s Center in Sikeston, Mo., as he met patients and performed a benefit concert.

In an exclusive interview with the mag, Kenny, who helps fund the center which provides free care to those with special needs, shares his desire to give back.

“These kids are so inspiring,” the country star tells Closer. “When you talk to them or they climb on you — they love the fact that they are being treated.”

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His inspiration to get involved? His own five kids, including twins Justin and Jordan, who were back home in Atlanta with Kenny’s wife, Wanda, 47.

“My younger boys are 9, and thank God, they’re healthy,” Kenny tells Closer. “Any time you see a sick child, it breaks your heart. I want these kids [at the center] to be happy.”

For more photos inside the benefit, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!