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Catholic Charities Refugee Empowerment Services Thanksgiving Luncheon - 11/10

Catholic Charities of Dallas serves a huge refugee population and invites you to come help with their annual Thanksgiving celebration for 200 refugees! The refugees served by this agency have fled genocide, political/religious persecution, famine and civil war. This event is a true melting pot in our community of ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds.  You will meet people from places such as Burma/Myanmar, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, etc....all hotspots for turmoil and repression.

Background

Many refugees have lived in refugee camps for years and some of the younger Burmese have lived in camps for their entire lives. Most refugees have come to the US with only a small duffel bag of clothes, some have had to leave their families behind and don't know if they are dead or alive. They are the hardest working, most resilient people and they have so very little, but are appreciative of your time, your kindness to them and for the opportunity to be safe.

This event is one of the few days (and often the 1st American holiday they'll experience) that families and friends can come together without worrying about where their next meal comes from.

What can you do?

We would love to have servers, kids' activity helpers, and food donations please! This is also a great event for children to volunteer by serving food or handing out water. The event begins at 12pm (please arrive early) and ends at 2pm. There is a huge need for food items (no pork please) - chickens, rice dishes, vegetables, salads, bottled water and fresh fruit are the most favored. If you are bringing a dish, please note what it is in the comments area so I can let the agency know. All dishes should be prepared and ready to serve please.

Prizes for kids are less important than food, but they'd love to have them. This group especially LOVES photos so if you can take pictures and print them to leave at the agency, they LOVE this since many don't have any kind of family photo. Fun kids' activities also welcome. A local youth group usually helps with this, but last year nail painting, face painting, balloon art and games like Baggo were a lot of fun! They also usually give the kids gently used stuffed animals that have been donated so any little toys would be appreciated if in good, clean condition. See pictures from previous years by clicking here.

CLEAN OUT YOUR CUPBOARDS & CLOSETS FOR GOOD!

The World of Goods Thrift Shop truck will be parked at the event if any volunteers have gently used household items to donate (lamps, dishes, chairs, side tables, pictures). All sales at the thrift benefit the agency and their programs. Also, items are pulled from the store to stock apartments for refugees so lamps, chairs, dishes, serving utensils, gently used linens are awesome! Also, now that winter is coming, blankets, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, etc. are helpful.

 

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  • Faith

    A wonderful heart warming experience to be a part of . I immensely enjoyed being a part of this meet up.

    November 11, 2012

  • Dave

    This went very well. Weather was great, and I counted 43 volunteers on the sign in. Lots of good food, kids had fun---the "toss the toilet paper through the toilet seat" is a universal joke, it seems---and we had some leftovers for refugees to take home. Great job organizing as usual, Kristana!

    November 10, 2012

  • Caitlin

    Running lil late.. How will I find u guys?

    November 10, 2012

  • Dave

    WRT Kristana's Green Bean Casserole and dishes like it, here's an idea: before you make it, take a pic of the ingredients. For some things, that would be enough but I'm not sure about those French-Fried onions. So, use clip art or add to the photo to show what's in it. Or skip the photo and use clip art entirely. Print and place next to the dish when serving. A picture's worth a thousand words in any language. Just an idea :)

    1 · November 10, 2012

  • Debbie M.

    Is there a way to keep the food hot once we are at the site?

    November 10, 2012

  • Nabil D.

    Hi, I have a group of teen volunteers and I was wondering roughly how many volunteers you still need so I can coordinate with the other members

    November 4, 2012

    • Kristana

      Terrific! Thank you.

      November 9, 2012

    • Nabil D.

      I had a few last minute volunteers. I have a total of five not including me

      November 9, 2012

  • Brindy M.

    Ill bring bottled water dinner rolls and a large pumpkin pie

    November 9, 2012

    • Kristana

      Wonderful! See you there.

      November 9, 2012

  • jeed

    Red shirt, name tag and a blue Cap

    I will bring water and corn casserole

    November 9, 2012

    • Kristana

      Would you mind bringing a piece of paper that everyone can sign up with too? Only if you have time! I am pretty sure I can get there by noon if not before. Thank you, Jeed!

      November 9, 2012

    • jeed

      I will bring paper

      1 · November 9, 2012

  • Kristana

    The World of Goods Thrift Shop truck will be parked at the event if any volunteers have gently used household items to donate. All sales at the thrift benefit the agency and their programs. Also, items are pulled from the store to stock apartments for refugees so lamps, chairs, dishes, serving utensils, gently used linens are awesome! Also, now that winter is coming up, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, etc. are helpful. Educational materials or books for ESL classes could also be used. :)

    November 9, 2012

  • Kristana

    Dave Cole (unmistakable w/ a big camera) and Jeed (will be wearing a red shirt w/nametag) will both be our RAK points of contacts! I may have a meeting Sat. for another organization if we can't finish nominating Friday night. I'm bringing 4 bags of clementines and 3 bags of rolls.

    November 8, 2012

    • Dave

      Two cameras and a bag...

      1 · November 9, 2012

  • Caitlin

    My 1st time with this group.. I can make some homemade mashed potatoes or anything else that is needed and more appropriate.

    November 7, 2012

    • Kristana

      That sounds great. Thank you so much for joining us. This is a really neat event.

      November 8, 2012

  • Paige Fowler H.

    Kristana-
    I was planning on bringing 2 large plans of a potato dishes but if there is something else that you think is more appropriate, please let me know.

    1 · November 6, 2012

    • Kristana

      That sounds great! Vegetables are always good. Anything easily identifiable is a hit. I made green bean casserole two years ago and I don't think they knew what it was so less people ate it. If they can look at it and see what the vegetable is, they'll love it. Thank you, Paige!

      November 6, 2012

  • Karen Moore G.

    i will bring a fruit dish, not sure how much i should bring?

    November 5, 2012

    • Kristana

      Thank you so much, Karen! What ever you would like to do is perfectly fine. Even plain fruit like clementines or cut up fruit is wonderful. The kids actually prefer fruit to cookies and sweets because it's often too expensive for families to buy. It's a treat to them! THANK YOU!

      November 6, 2012

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