Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world with the average American alone eating just under 50 slices per year. 350 slices of pizza are getting downed each second in the country, but one couple in Michigan is choosing to pass on pizza, even though they won it as a prize.
Hannah Spooner and Pete Kadry are from the Detroit area, and they entered a contest where the grand prize was to be a year’s worth of pizza from popular chain Little Caesar’s. Spooner and Kadry found out that they had won the grand prize of 52 vouchers for the free pizza, and decided before they even won that they were going to be giving it all away.
The couple even said “I knew before we had won that I was going to donate it…I knew right away.” Spooner and Kadry already had a place in mind, as well. All 52 of the pizza vouchers were donated to the Covenant House Michigan, which helps young homeless people that don’t have anyplace to live. Spooner said “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.”
Covenant House is responsible for giving each young person that comes to their organization three meals a day, and pizza is unfortunately not usually on the menu. Now, they can at least have 52 pizzas that they can use whenever they want. The organization was very pleased with Spooner and Kadry’s decision to donate the vouchers. “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,” a representative said.
Spooner admitted that she’s not only helping the people of Covenant House, but also her waistline, joking that “I just lost a lot of weight, I wasn’t trying to eat a lot of pizza.” Manager Carolyn Millard of Covenant House said the youngsters will be happy to take it off of her hands, saying “They love pizza. They get very excited.”
Covenant House wasn’t the only organization in the running for Spooner and Kadry’s prize as they contacted a lot of different groups before making their decision. “I could tell it would actually make a difference,” Spooner said. “I would actually see people who benefitted from it. They were really sweet, warm and welcoming.” While 52 pizzas might not change the world, it is at least a gesture that is appreciated greatly by Covenant House and people in the Detroit area that have caught attention to the story.
Spooner said that “Detroit is going through a lot of negativity. I wanted somewhere close to home that would be affected by my donation.” Any little bit of positive help in Detroit is a welcome sight, and the donation is certainly just that. As for Kadry, we’re not sure if he would have preferred to have all of those free pizzas around, but he knows that the donation was for the best.