Syrian refugees celebrate first Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Some Syrian refugees celebrated their first Thanksgiving in North Texas this year.Volunteers at the Muslim-American Society in Richardson and the Islamic Circle of North America served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to refugees.
    The feast included turkey, stuffing, and more.
    One refugee moved to Texas just over two weeks ago with her children.
    She said she wants her children to have a good future, study and get a degree.
    Gateway of Grace also held its own annual Thanksgiving dinner for refugees from many different counties, including Syria.
    More than 300 people attended the celebration.
    Gateway of Grace works with refugees after they are brought to North Texas.
    "They feel ashamed because they don't have anything to show for their lives that they've worked so hard for, and for us to communicate they have worth and value, not because of what they have but because of who they are," Executive Director Samira Page said.
    "They have worth and value because they are human beings and we appreciate them, and we love them," Page said.
    The Thanksgiving dinners come at a time when politicians are fiercely debating resettling refugees.
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state will not welcome refugees.

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