Although Hannah Spooner of Michigan didn't expect to win a drawing for a year's supply of free pizza, she knew from the beginning she would donate the prize to charity if she won.
"I just know there are other people out there who have nothing," the 19-year-old told Detroit television station WJBK. "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."
After winning the drawing for $500 worth of pizza from Little Caesars, Spooner began her search for a local nonprofit organization to give the prize to.
She selected faith-based organization Covenant House Michigan as the recipient of the free pizza. According to their website, Covenant House Michigan provides shelter, educational and vocational programs to at-risk and homeless youths aged 18-24.
"Our kids would eat pizza every day," Melissa Golpe, Covenant House Michigan's PR director, told The Huffington Post. "We have a number of generous people that do really special things for our kids."
After news of Spooner's generous act broke, Little Caesars Love Kitchen, an impact-oriented pizza kitchen on wheels, organized a pizza party with the Covenant House of Michigan.
"I could tell it would actually make a difference," Spooner told Inside Edition. "I would actually see people who benefitted from it. They were really sweet, warm and welcoming."
Spooner also received messages from people around the U.S. thanking her for her thoughtful donation.
"I'm so happy others get to hear our story and make a difference in their communities as well," she wrote on her Facebook page. "It's easy to get overwhelmed in our daily lives and to be consumed with the negativity in the world, I'm hoping that people take a step back and realize what is truly important in life!"
On September 13, Covenant House of Michigan thanked Spooner by giving her a bouquet of flowers.
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