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


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.

"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.

"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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