President Obama welcomed the man who launched the modern service movement, President George H. W. Bush, now in a wheelchair and 89 years old, back to the White House Monday for a ceremony honoring the 5,000th recipients of his Point of Light award. The two presidents lauded Kathy Hamilton and Floyd Hammer of Union, Iowa for stepping up to fight hunger and improve the lives of children worldwide.
Nearly 10 years ago, Hamilton and Hammer participated in a volunteer mission to Tanzania to help renovate an HIV/AIDS hospital there. Startled by the starvation they saw, the couple started Outreach, Inc., which has engaged thousands of volunteers in packaging and distributing 230 million free meals to children in more than 15 countries, including the United States.
“While he didn’t originate the notion of helping our fellow man,” according to the White House Blog, “he reasserted it as a national priority and insisted that ‘there can be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.'”
(WATCH the video below, or READ more (and watch full ceremony) at the White House Blog)