DENVER -- Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday steeped in tradition and history. This year, dozens of people, new to the United States celebrated and made memories of their own with an international twist.
“If we don't know each other how can we expect to understand each other. And this is an opportunity to do that,” says Jennifer Gueddiche, Director of Denver’s African Community Center.
The opportunity Gueddiche is speaking of is a Thanksgiving dinner for refugees new to the Denver metro area. This year on November 23rd, ACC hosted its tenth annual Refugee’s First Thanksgiving Dinner for the community.
Gueddiche who has had a hand in organizing this big event says there are several reasons to host such a meal.
“To welcome newcomers, to share with them the spirit not just of America, but really to share with them the Denver community. So that people are able to make friends, meet newcomers, share a meal together and hopefully learn something about a stranger.”
“The African Community Center’s mission is to help refugees rebuild safe and secure homes in the Denver netro area,” says Gueddiche.
This year the organization had so many volunteers sign up to help that they had to turn folks away.