Sam Hunt

Newton, NC – On Sunday, January 17, the Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance and Hickory Area Ministers awarded Carolina Caring volunteer Sam Hunt with the Spirit of King Volunteer of the Year Award during its annual Service of Celebration for the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The event is a long-standing tradition that began 20 years ago.

Sam has selflessly given his time and talent as a Carolina Caring patient support volunteer for 21 years, providing much-needed companionship for patients and families. Always quick with a smile, he brings laughter, joy, and comfort to those he serves.

“Sam has dedicated much of his life to making a difference in the lives of others,” says Kelly Tate, Carolina Caring’s Vice President of Community Relations. “His dedication to bringing people together in peace and love has been felt throughout our community.”

In addition to volunteering for Carolina Caring, Sam has served as President of the Hickory Chapter of the NAACP, and Secretary and Past President of the Hickory Landmarks Society. He has also served on the Hickory Community Relations Commission, Hickory Appearance Commission, and the Hickory Regional Zoning Commission.

This year’s Spirit of King award winners also include retired St. Lukes United Methodist Pastor Bill Garrard, who has worked tirelessly to bring racial equality and peace to our community.

The Hickory Racial Justice and Reconciliation Discussion Group was also awarded for its efforts to build caring communities. Rev. Reggie Longcrier, founding Executive Director of Exodus Homes, serves as co-moderator for the group and accepted the award on its behalf.