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For Immediate Release: November 17, 2023
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Macaulay Porter, Macaulay.Porter@governor.virginia.gov | Office of the First Lady: Ciara Rascona, Ciara.Rascona@governor.virginia.gov

First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin Announces November 2023 Spirit of Virginia Award Recipient

~ The Governor and First Lady presented the Spirit of Virginia Award to God’s Pit Crew in Danville, Virginia on November 17, 2023 ~

Presentation of Nov. Award
First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin and Governor Glenn Youngkin present the Spirit of Virginia Award to God's Pit Crew on November 17, 2023. Photo by Shealah Craighead Photography.

DANVILLE, VA—Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin today presented a Spirit of Virginia Award to God’s Pit Crew, a nonprofit, faith-based crisis response organization serving victims of natural disasters and communities lacking essential resources.

“Through an unwavering commitment to communities affected by poverty and natural disasters, God’s Pit Crew volunteers exemplify what it means to have a servant’s heart,” said First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin. “Glenn and I celebrate a labor of love that originated in Virginia and now assists communities across the country.”

“God’s Pit Crew is extremely grateful to receive the First Lady’s Spirit of Virginia Award. Our ministry is truly blessed to be able to provide hope, healing, and restoration to people in times of need all throughout the Commonwealth and around the world,” said Randy Johnson, God’s Pit Crew President. “This award truly highlights the generosity and servitude of all the volunteers and donors that make our mission a possibility. We greatly appreciate Governor Youngkin and the First Lady for this honor.”

God’s Pit Crew was established by Danville residents Randy and Terri Johnson who were motivated by their faith to serve communities devastated by tornadoes in Oklahoma. Today, God’s Pit Crew has expanded to a national, volunteer-backed operation combatting humanitarian crises caused by wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters. In 2022, the organization distributed over 3.4 million pounds of food, water and essential products to individuals and families across the United States, as well as over 30,000 survival kits colloquially known as “Blessing Buckets.”

The Spirit of Virginia Award recognizes unique qualities and standout achievements across the Commonwealth and salutes Virginians for their uncommon contributions in private industries, education, culture, the arts, and philanthropy.

The Governor and Mrs. Youngkin will present six more Spirit of Virginia Awards in 2024. Visit the , including past recipients. To learn more about the work of God’s Pit Crew, visit the organization’s website. All recipients of the Spirit of Virginia Award will be recognized during a holiday reception at the Virginia Executive Mansion to take place at the end of the year.

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First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin delivers remarks Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin fill Blessing Buckets
First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin delivers remarks at God's Pit Crew in Danville, VA, November 17, 2023. Photo by Shealah Craighead Photography. Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin fill Blessing Buckets in Danville, VA, November 17, 2023. Photo by Shealah Craighead Photography.
First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin with volunteers Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin with Randy and Terri Johnson
First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin with volunteers at God's Pit Crew in Danville, VA, November 17, 2023. Photo by Shealah Craighead Photography. Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin with Randy and Terri Johnson in Danville, VA, November 17 2023. Photo by Shealah Craighead Photography.

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