After winning a year’s worth of free pizza from Little Caesars, Hannah Spooner’s first thought wasn’t to tear into the deep supply of discounted grub herself.
“I just lost a lot of weight, I wasn’t trying to eat a lot of pizza.”
Though Spooner joked about her decision to Inside Edition, she and her boyfriend, Pete Kadry, are actually passing on the prize to a worthy cause. Free pizza from Little Caesars will now be on the menu at a Detroit shelter for homeless youth after the 19-year-old won a $500 “year supply” in a raffle.
Though she just got the call from Little Caesars a few weeks ago, Spooner says it was always in her plans to donate all of the free pizza, reported Fox 2 Detroit.
“”I knew before we had won that I was going to donate it. [Pete said:] ‘You wouldn’t even keep a couple?’ and I said no. If I won it they would all be donated. I knew right away. I just know there are other people out there who have nothing. And I don’t think I should be eating a year’s worth of free pizza when there are people who go hungry at night.”
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Though the administrators of the homeless youth shelter, Covenant House, aren’t sure when they’ll be bringing the Little Caesars pizza to their residents, they can guarantee they’ll be excited.
“I look at young people and they believe it’s very important to give back to the community. But I don’t know if they would give pizza back. This was wonderful to find out that someone cared enough about these young people here at Covenant House to provide this pizza for them.”
Little Caesars headquarters is likely to approve of this gracious action beyond the good press. The pizza chain has its own meals-on-wheels project, Love Kitchen, which has handed out free food to around 3 million people all over the United States since it was first conceived in 1985.
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The endeavor, which runs largely on the funds of Little Caesars franchise owners, recently made a stop in Alabama, where it provided a free meal at the Dothan Rescue Mission. Kitchen manager Mark Peacock spoke with Dothan Eagle about the pizza maker’s gift.
“A lot of times we get people in the mission who are at their worst, or they’re broken, which has been all of us at some point. Knowing people in the community care for you can’t do anything but help with the process of getting better.”
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Covenant House Michigan, the charity that received the pizza donation from Little Caesars, describes itself as a “sanctuary for young people who have nowhere else to go.” Many of the 54,000 teens who have passed through its program over the last 20 years are survivors of abuse. The non-profit also operates internationally, from all across to the U.S. and Canada, to Mexico and Central America. Annually, it aids about 50,000 homeless youth.
In addition to the three meals a day that the shelter provides, it also offers assistance with education and job training. Since 2005, it has provided the city of Detroit with three alternative charter schools, called Covenant House Academies, that help students complete their high school degree and put them on the path to college.
If this act of Little Caesars free pizza charity has given you the urge to help out Covenant House Detroit, you can visit the charity’s website to make a donation.
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