Children, spending their first Christmas in the United States, were treated by a group of volunteers, Saturday. Spanish House and the DFW International Refugee Support Network delivered Christmas a little early to 175 refugee children.
Brent Anderson has been volunteering with Spanish House to deliver Christmas joy to new refugee families for the last four years. “It's not even really about the things, it's more about the joy people have thought about them, and it makes you feel good.”
Many of the families come from troubled countries in the Middle East and Africa.
“I can only imagine trying to figure out how to live in a whole different country, figuring out another language, so it just has to be really difficult,” said Anderson.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott pulled Texas out of the refugee resettlement program and pulled federal funding to help refugees. He is also pushing to ban sanctuary cities in Texas that would protect undocumented immigrants. Volunteers that interact with the families say they see it differently.
“These people are here, they're our guests, we need to help them, we need to be welcoming and receptive,” said Spanish House volunteer, Rachel Thomason.