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  • Bold Face: Acts of kindness spread hope throughout Stark

  • Curry’s tweet parallels Stark’s generous spirit paying it forward.

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  • Seven days have passed since the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. What once was unthinkable now is inexorable history with a name, a date and a location.
    We watch the evening news, the dark hearses and wonder, how would we get through this?
    And yet ... and yet ... just as inexorable is Christmas.
    Ann Curry, the NBC News journalist who has slogged through an endless mire of world tragedies putting human faces on the facts, also covered Newtown.
    She tweeted a question. What could individuals, feeling helpless in the face of such horror, do?
    “I know the truth: If you do good, you feel good. It’s the most selfish thing you can do. Right now, this country wants to heal. I think the only thing comforting in the face of a tragedy like this is to do something good with it if you can. Be a part of that wave,” she wrote.
    We here in Stark County always have been of that mindset. Last year at this time, an anonymous benefactor surprised a bevy of Starbucks customers at the Jackson Township Target store by leaving cash to cover the checks of those who came after him.
    A smattering of service station employees began reporting that some drivers were paying for their own fuel and that of the person in line behind them.
    A Plain Township convenience store was the site of a serendipitous distribution of another person’s extra holiday cash.
    It is happening again this year. Paying it forward, we call it.
    A woman in a Fishers checkout line buys a gift card and slips it to the mother of two behind her.
    Early one morning, two men exchanged greetings outside the Route 62 Walmart — one middle-aged, the other likely a retiree. They shook hands and the senior of the two went in for a hug.
    “I can’t believe it,” shouted the older man waving a $20 bill at his wife who waited in the car. “He said this was a better year than a lot of others and he wanted to surprise us.”
    Salvation Army bell-ringers have yet to face the bitter cold of previous years. But several say their spirits are buoyed by the steaming cups of coffee strangers frequently deliver.
    Whether it was Curry’s tweet challenging us to “commit” 26 acts of kindness in memory of every adult and child lost at Sandy Hook Elementary or just the fabric of our county, there is reason for hope.
    Wednesday’s opening of Giant Eagle’s GetGo convenience store and fuel station at 115 N. Chapel Rd. in Louisville makes it the seventh location in Stark County.
    It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The popularity continues to grow for Giant Eagle’s fuelperks! program in which customers earn a discount on gas with every $50 spent with the Giant Eagle Advantage Card.
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