In 2016—as the world has hit peak obsession with cheesy, sauce-covered, bread—pizza has practically become it’s own currency. At the Vatican, Pope Frank has been throwing ‘za parties for homeless Romans all summer. And last month, a restaurant owner in Indiana began trading free pies for illegal guns.
The healing properties of pizza have been well-documented over the years, and now, a 19-year-old named Hannah Spooner has hit the jackpot after winning a $500, pizza-for-a-year giveaway at a Little Caesar's in Michigan. But as soon as she found out the good news, she knew that she wouldn't be the one eating it.
According to Inside Edition, Spooner gave away the prize to a Detroit youth shelter, assuring that, for at least a little while, the children at Covenant House Michigan would have something hot to eat.
"Detroit is going through a lot of negativity," Spooner told Inside Edition. "I wanted somewhere close to home that would be affected by my donation."
And while $500 worth of pizza may be life changing for you or me—as Foodbeast notes, that’s about 800 slices of ‘za spread out across 365 days—meant even more to Carolyn Millard, the development manager at Covenant House. Spooner and her boyfriend decided to donate the pizza to Millard’s organization after taking a tour around the facility.
"I could tell it would actually make a difference," Spooner said. "I would actually see people who benefited from it. They were really sweet, warm and welcoming."
Millard said that Covenant House will hopefully start serving the children their Little Caesar's in the next couple weeks if all goes according to plan.
"They love pizza,” she said. “They get very excited."
We would be excited, too.