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Minneapolis Woman Receives Medal from President Obama

Posted at: 02/15/2013 7:00 PM
Updated at: 02/15/2013 7:33 PM
By: Mitch Pittman

A woman from Minneapolis received the prestigious Presidential Citizen's Medal for her service in the community Friday.

Mary Jo Copeland is the founder of Sharing & Caring Hands, a charity which is run completely by donations and feeds and shelters thousands in the area each year.

"She does more by 12 o'clock in the afternoon than most do in their life for people, and she does that every day," said Rob Wills, who has worked for Copeland for 15 years. "It's not a job for her, it's her calling."

The Mary's Place Transitional Shelter houses 500 people each night, with nearly 450 of those being children.