President Gordon B. Hinckley was named one of 2002's "Most Caring People in America" Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C.
The designation was given by the Caring Institute, an organization founded in 1985 to honor and promote the values of caring, integrity and public service. President Hinckley was among the ten individuals who were selected from thousands of nominees by a panel of judges.
President Hinckley was chosen for his example and leadership of the Church, which "responds to world tragedies and natural disaster by sending food, medicine and supplies, [and] providing tens of millions of dollars annually in relief worldwide," wrote Tim Brown of the Caring Institute.
"President Hinckley has made an extraordinary contribution to making America, and indeed the world, a better place."
His award will be presented to him later.
President Hinckley did not attend the Monday night awards ceremony, reportedly opting instead to stay home and observe family home evening.