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May 23, 2014

Salem State students pay it forward

SALEM — We pause today to acknowledge acts of kindness.

Last week, as the days were winding down toward graduation, Salem State students were spending the last dollars on their Clipper Cards, an ID card they use to pay for all sorts of things.

A number of Salem State students used their Clipper Cards at the Salem Diner, but not just for themselves. They paid for meals for other customers — people they didn’t know.

“The kids were amazing,” said Liza Cooper, a waitress at the Loring Avenue diner that is owned by the college and open to both students and the public. “They bought a lot of people their meals.”

Several tables of construction workers were the beneficiaries, along with other random customers, she said.

A female student “called Lifebridge and asked if she could get food to go,” Cooper said. The food from the diner was delivered to the homeless shelter.

So, next time you think a bad thought about college students, think again.

Next up, Mud Puddle Toys.

After the fire on Dow Street that left 40 homeless, including more than a dozen children, the toy store on the Essex Street pedestrian mall handed out free toys and clothing.

Credit — although they don’t want any — goes to the store and one of its customers.

“This was a very good deed from an anonymous donor who is a customer of Mud Puddle Toys,” said Sam Pollard, who co-owns the store with his wife, Kristen. “And she doesn’t want any notoriety.”

The store, which covered some of the costs, doesn’t want any credit either.

Moon man

The New York Times ran an obituary a few days ago on John Houbolt, an engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration who helped the U.S. put men on the moon in 1969.

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