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WebLinc Makes Thanksgiving a Reality for Hundreds of Area Refugees

For the second year in a row, WebLinc proudly partnered with Nationalities Services Center to give 200+ refugee families from 70 countries their first Thanksgiving. On Saturday, 28 WebLincers and friends, including kids as young as 4, created a special day for immigrant families that no one will forget.

Eclipsing last year’s fundraising goal, our staff and friends donated more than enough money to keep this annual event going at a time when we feel it’s needed most. Up the street from our Philadelphia headquarters, we assembled at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Center City. There, we worked side by side with the giving NSC employees and volunteers to make sure everyone’s experience surpassed their expectations. We delivered more than 40 pies, homemade fixins’ and more.

This year’s event was extra meaningful for us at WebLinc since 2017 marked the first year we hired refugees through our job placement program in collaboration with NSC. Three refugees now hold positions on our IT, Delivery, and Sales teams. Front-end developer intern Abdul Kamara, who arrived in the U.S. on February 2 of this year and spoke at the Mayor’s office on World Refugee Day back in June, was on-site serving food to fellow refugees. He was also interviewed at Saturday’s event for a segment on radio station WHYY-FM about his first Thanksgiving in America, and what it means to have the support and guidance of organizations like NSC.

Much more than just delicious food from dozens of countries, a DJ spun music from around the globe, messages of peace and gratitude were shared in multiple languages, and a juggler entertained the crowd. Our team was certainly moved by the hundreds of smiles in the room while everyone danced and broke bread together. In addition to serving hundreds of pounds of tasty food, we ran a photo station where refugees could have their picture taken, something most of them lose in their heavy travels to the U.S. And just like last year, we’ll be donating 8×10 prints to the families to display in their new homes.

To all our staff and friends who donated dollars or time or both, we thank you for making a massive impact on the lives of those who are simply searching for a chance at a better life. We can all relate to that, and we can’t wait to see what else is possible together next year. Big thanks to Stacy Wyn Sarno, head of our community engagement program, for organizing another event in partnership with NSC where we could see the difference we’re making as a company and community members. Future generations will pass down the story of this special day where their ancestors enjoyed their first American Thanksgiving and felt welcomed by their new neighbors.

If you’d like to join WebLinc in supporting NSC’s mission, please click here.