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September 6, 2013

Salem Knights know how to pay it forward

Salem Knights of Columbus keep the circle moving


“We choose a random person, but just make sure it’s someone in Iraq or Afghanistan,” he said. “We send things they might want, not things they need.”

Tootsie Rolls are often included in the packages. Soldiers like to hand them out to children, he said, and the candy is resistant to temperature extremes.

St. Amand also includes a short letter to the recipients.

The return has been tremendous.

The Knights have a binder about 5 inches thick filled with postcards, letters and photographs from grateful recipients.

“But I think our most prized possessions are two American flags,” he said, “one flown over Kabul and one flown Saddam Hussein’s palace in February 2006.”

So, that $100 bill, originally meant to send a box of Dunkin Donuts coffee to an Army captain, will likely be donated to the anysoldier.com website, an all-volunteer operation, so they can continue to spread the word and support the troops, St. Amand said.

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