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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Surviving Syria," June 1, 2013

Clothing return

When John Dodds laid eyes on the World War II-era bomber jacket at a Washington, D.C., Goodwill, he fixated on one particular patch—the name badge. For Dodds, an assistant general council for the Air Force, the find was a treasure. The 70-year-old jacket still had lieutenant’s bars and a 22nd Bomber Group patch. It also had a name tag sewn into it. Working on a hunch that if Robert G. Arand was still alive, he may want his jacket back, Dodds paid $17 for it and began sending emails. Within a day, Dodds had made contact with Arand, now a 90-year-old veteran living in Ohio, and promised to mail him back his jacket. Arand says he doesn’t know how the jacket made it from Ohio to the nation’s capital, but he suspects his wife donated it to charity more than 50 years ago.

Food pyramid

A group of New Jersey teenagers collected more than 25,000 cans of food for charity—and may have made the world’s largest canned food pyramid in the process. Bolstered by a 20,000-can donation from supermarket chain ShopRite, the teenaged members of the Cranford, N.J., Teen Advisory Board scoured pantries across the city to come up with enough cans of food to begin construction of the food tower on May 4. Working for 14 hours, the group of teens stacked all 25,585 cans into a 15-foot-tall pyramid, a height good enough for a Guinness World Record once verified. When the teens deconstructed the pyramid four days later, they donated the cans to three local food banks.

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