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Student recognized by North Carolina Governor for volunteer efforts

November 23, 2015 : Liberty University News Service

Liberty University freshman Hannah Ireland received the 2015 North Carolina Governor’s Award for Community Service on Nov. 18. Governor Pat McCrory recognized Ireland for her six years of volunteer work with the Corner Table soup kitchen in Newton, N.C.

Since opening in 2002, the Corner Table has served over 441,240 meals to an average of 150 guests a day. Ireland has volunteered at the Corner Table since 2008.

In addition to serving in the soup kitchen, Ireland also spearheaded the organization’s bag lunch initiative. Since the kitchen is not open on Fridays, she organized a program to put together bagged lunches for people to take with them on Thursdays.

Ireland said that she sees service to others as a lifelong calling.

“I feel that giving back is a huge thing, and we are supposed to do this as Christians because God has given us so much,” she said. “I want to reflect Jesus in my service to others for the rest of my life.”

Ireland, who is studying developmental psychology at Liberty, first gained the attention of the governor after winning the 2014 United Way Giving From the Heart Award in recognition for collecting 1,500 hygiene products, including soap, deodorant, and shampoo, for the homeless in her area. The United Way awarded her $500, which she donated back to the Corner Table.