Thanksgiving Dinner Is Set For Refugees

Posted: November 21, 1991

Students, their families and teachers in Radnor Township, to bring the city and suburbs closer together, will hold a Thanksgiving Day dinner tonight for more than 50 refugees living in West Philadelphia.

The holiday dinner will be held in the high school cafeteria for people

from Angola, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Hungary and Vietnam. The school district will provide a bus to transport the refugees.

"This will be the first Thanksgiving for some of the refugees," said Lois Wysocki, a teacher and an organizer of the dinner.

"The students and teachers will sit down with the refugees to share the dinner and we hope this will instill in all of us the hope that the suburbs and city should come together as a single entity and not be totally separate."

High school students of the Interact Club, which raises money for various community projects, and the Service Board, a student volunteer organization, have teamed up to provide the turkeys, trimmings and eating utensils.

Most of the food has been donated by the community and will be cooked by the students in the school, Wysocki said.

The dinner was the idea of Susan Martel, who performs volunteer work for refugees in the city. Martel has established tutoring classes for the refugees and has helped organize collections of clothing and furniture.

Wysocki said the dinner was scheduled to be held a week before the actual holiday so as not to interfere with the Thanksgiving plans of students and their families.

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