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Man Wins Free Pizza For A Year, Gives It To Local Food Bank

| by Jonathan Constante

A Pennsylvania man who won free pizza for a year has decided to donate his winnings to a local food bank.

Giovanni Aiello, co-owner of Mario's Pizza in Northampton, has been making pizza for 43 years, WFMZ reported. The pizza shop recently decided to reward their customers by starting a contest that would give the winner free pizza for a year.

"I thought someone would win, they'd be excited, come in and get their pizzas, but a story like this to come out of a contest like that..." Giuseppe Aiello, Giovanni's son, told WFMZ.

Out of 1,200 people who signed up, a computer randomly chose Katrick as the winner. Katrick, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in July, got an email from Mario's Pizza, informing him that he had won the contest.

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"I remember coming out of there thinking, 'I just won pizzas for a year! That's cool!'" Katrick said, adding that he had just left a chemotherapy treatment center when he received the email.

Despite his illness, Katrick decided he would use his winnings to help others.

"I've been getting so much from family, friends, people I don't even know well, the last few months," Katrick told the news station. "Getting so much love and support… I just wanted to give back to people that could use it more than I could."

Katrick responded to Mario's Pizza, asking them if he could give the free pizza to someone else.

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"We asked the question, 'Who are you thinking?' and he said, 'Northampton Food Bank,'" Frank Grigoli, a manager at Mario's Pizza, recalled. "And it kind of, like, it hit a nerve… in the heart."

The pizza shop decided they were going to give Katrick and the Northampton Food Bank free pizza for a year, The Independent reported.

"It's better to give than receive, and especially during this time of year - Christmas - it's a great time to think about that and see examples of it around town," Giuseppe said.

Grigoli echoed Giuseppe's statement.

"And this time of year, doing what we're doing, I can't think of anything better," he added.

Sources: WFMZ, The Independent / Photo credit: Yelp

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