Thanksgiving, a day for giving thanks, brought forth many compassionate and generous volunteers whose thoughts and hearts turned toward the plight of refugees from the Congo, Iraq, Syria, Cuba and Burma.

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Sisters Grace Saia, Mary Michael Dang and Luke Boiarski were among the volunteers who responded to the need of serving and being present at El Camino restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, which opened its doors to the refugees for a Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone was greeted with embraces, respect and dignity.

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An elderly woman, Hydunia and her daughter, Selwa, spoke with the Sisters. They fled Iraq a few years ago during the war. They shared food and the Sisters heard the stories of their past. Although separated from other family members, they are grateful to be in America and thankful for the care and concern of the Louisville Refugee Ministry which supports and houses many misplaced people.

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