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The gift of giving

David Jaffe, of Easthampton, left, hands Benjamin Breton, of Hadley, a gift as he donates blood in a Baystate Medical Center Bloodmobile parked at Whole Foods in Hadley Friday. Each year, Jaffe celebrates his birthday by doing charitable acts. This year, his 53rd birthday, he randomly handed out 53 envelopes to people who either donated blood or contributed to a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, both stationed at Whole Foods. Each envelope contained a poem titled "The Gift" by Mary Oliver and a $10 gift certificate to Whole Foods.JERREY ROBERTS

David Jaffe, of Easthampton, left, hands Benjamin Breton, of Hadley, a gift as he donates blood in a Baystate Medical Center Bloodmobile parked at Whole Foods in Hadley Friday. Each year, Jaffe celebrates his birthday by doing charitable acts. This year, his 53rd birthday, he randomly handed out 53 envelopes to people who either donated blood or contributed to a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, both stationed at Whole Foods. Each envelope contained a poem titled "The Gift" by Mary Oliver and a $10 gift certificate to Whole Foods.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

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