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L.A. Man Donates 100 Cups of Coffee to Newtown Residents

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One Los Angeles man was so saddened by the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that he called up a general store in the Northeast town and offered to buy coffee for grieving residents, reports ABC News.

Tom Cavanaugh, a police dispatcher at Cal State Northridge, told the news site that he saw the manager of the store in a TV interview and got the idea to help out:

"I said, OK I'm just going to call there, tell them why I'm doing it, see if they would take a credit card order."

Cavanaugh said he was moved to help in part because violent crime took the life of his grandfather, and also, he told NBC Los Angeles, as he remembered the wisdom of his late mother:

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"She said, when someone's in mourning, they lose somebody important, you send prayers and food."

Cavanaugh paid for 100 cups of coffee, and posted about his good deed on his Facebook page, with the hopes that other people would follow suit.