Dear Coffee Box patron,

I live in Pittsburgh, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of the city, right around the corner from the Tree of

Life synagogue. In the wake of the terrible mass shooting that took place there on October 27, someone

from outside of the city paid our community what might seem like a small act of kindness, but it was one

that had a tremendous impact: Contacting a local coffee shop and paying for coffee for the day.

Now, nearly a year after that event, I want to pay it forward. Thanks to the generosity of over 30 donors,

I have made equal donations to the Coffee Box in El Paso and Reza’s Downtown in Dayton, Ohio. While it

is tragic that we are connected because of tragedy, I am hoping this small act connects us in a different

way and provides a small respite from the grieving still going on in all of our cities.

My only ask is that if you feel comfortable doing so, take a picture of your coffee and send it to along with your permission to post it on the fundraising site and

social media (Facebook at Twitter). You don’t have to include your names or a message if you don’t

want to – a picture is indeed worth 1,000 words.

Please know that you are not alone as you heal as a community.

All the best,

A coffee lover from Pittsburgh