International Rescue Committee: 'First Thanksgiving' Celebrations to be Held Nationwide to Welcome New Refugees to America
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Two of the "First
A third event will be hosted by
"It all began with the Pilgrims, who were a persecuted minority and made the journey to a land of freedom and opportunity," said Rupp. "The IRC and its supporters will share this great tradition with the most recent refugee families to arrive on our shores. It is a quintessentially American tradition."
Music, food and dances from
"What better way for refugees to celebrate their new homes in the US?" said
To mark the GIVETHANKS initiative, the IRC is also launching a new Web site, FromHarmtoHome.org. Visitors to the site will be able to explore four core areas of the IRC's work--home, health, education, and safety -- where they can select symbolic gift baskets to send to refugee families in 25 countries and 24 U.S. communities.
Media representatives are invited to attend the "First
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The International Rescue Committee was founded in 1933, at Albert Einstein's suggestion, to offer safety and protection to victims of the Nazis. Today the organization's essential mandate remains unchanged: to assist people forced to flee persecution, conflict, and war. The IRC is a first responder in humanitarian emergencies the world over. And when the emergency phase of the crisis is over, the IRC remains to help people and communities rebuild and to help resolve root causes of conflict.
SOURCE International Rescue Committee
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