In what's being called a "random act of pizza" in the wake of last week's marathon bombings, staffers at the Chicago Tribune ordered lunch on Monday for their peers at the Boston Globe.
"We can only imagine what an exhausting and heartbreaking week it's been for you and your city," the Tribune staff wrote in a letter addressed to the Boston Globe newsroom. "But do know your colleagues here in Chicago and across the country stand in awe of your tenacious coverage. You make us all proud to be journalists."
"We can't buy you lost sleep, so at least let us pick up lunch," the letter accompanying the 60 pizzas, salad and soda continued.
A Chicago Tribune staffer told Yahoo News that the newsroom pooled funds on Friday for the order from Regina Pizzeria in Boston's South Station.
Hungry Globe staffers appreciated the gesture.
— Andrew Ba Tran (@abtran) April 22, 2013
.@chicagotribune random act of pizza for us today: "We can't buy you lost sleep, but we can buy you pizza." Classy to the core.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 22, 2013
We are so happy that you are enjoying the lunch, @bostonglobe friends. It was our pleasure. Enjoy, and have a great day.
— ColonelTribune (@ColonelTribune) April 22, 2013
It's not just journalists getting the free lunch treatment.
Boston's first responders "are getting free shipments of food—primarily pizza—sent by people from across the globe who are eager to show their admiration and gratitude for [their] tireless work," Boston.com reports.
“We’ve seen probably every piece of pizza that the Boston and Cambridge area has to offer,” MIT Police Sgt. Dave O’Connor told the paper.
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