Human Relations Humanitarian Award
The High Point Human Relations Commission HUMANITARIAN AWARD was created to honor a High Point citizen of whom during his or her lifetime has made significant contribution to human relations in High Point.
Congratulations Lisa Kiziah Hawley of Lisa's Kids for winning the 2016 Humanitarian Award
Racial and ethnic minorities, females, and the socially and economically disadvantaged. This award shall be presented to a person who has risen above and beyond the call of duty in furthering the cause of equality and fair treatment for all citizens.
The recipient receives:
- an award & recognized at City Council
- Be grand Marshall for the parade 1pm on January 14th
- Be recognized at the ball that evening at the Radisson at 8pm
HIGH POINT — A group of Lisa Hawley’s family members and friends managed to lure her to City Hall Monday without spoiling her surprise.
The High Point Human Relations Commission named her the winner of its annual humanitarian award during the City Council’s regular meeting.
Hawley, owner of Southern Roots Restaurant and Catering in Jamestown, started Feeding Lisa’s Kids three years ago, which provides food and cooked meals to families in need.
“I’ve never been so shocked in my life,” Hawley said, after hearing commission Chairwoman Jenn Brandt announce her as the winner. “I thought I was going to be answering questions about Feeding Lisa’s Kids to the council.”
Brandt said Hawley is someone who “gets things done on behalf of underprivileged children and families, never waiting for a need to arise.”
Hawley said she realized the scale of need in High Point after her children started attending public schools. She began by raising money to buy mattresses — something she found lacking in many homes.
“We provided mattresses for over 1,000 people, because there were so many children in High Point sleeping on the floor,” she said. “So many people live in extreme poverty.”
The food outreach program serves more than 90 households a month, focusing on families with children who are identified through the Communities in Schools and Boys and Girls Club programs, and also by teachers.
Hawley said she was inspired to launch the effort when she was made aware that some schoolchildren were saving parts of their cafeteria meals in order to have food at home.
Dozens of volunteers buy the groceries each month for Feeding Lisa’s Kids.
Hawley also serves meals prepared at her restaurant for families at West End Ministries, and has recently helped three refugee families from the Congo get settled in High Point.
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