Immigrants Gather in Maryland to Celebrate Thanksgiving, Enjoy a Warm Meal
HYATTSVILLE, Maryland — At a typical Thanksgiving feast you would find a table lined with turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, and a family gathered around it, enjoying a meal together.
At this particular dinner, only the table stretched underneath the canopy in a parking lot of a strip mall. The family gathered last Thursday was less bound by blood than by common needs. And while this Thanksgiving meal may not have included the traditional fare that much of America is accustomed to –with chicken and rice instead of turkey and mashed potatoes– the sentiments behind the outdoor get-together in Hyattsville were common enough: gratitude for the blessings of the past year and a hope for better days to come.
Casa de Maryland, an organization that offers services to immigrants, has been organizing its Immigrant Thanksgiving for the past several years. This year’s event was moved from the organization’s offices in part because the organizers expected a much larger turnout than in the years past. The economic crisis is the main reason, says Andre Vainqueur, the senior manager of the Silver Spring and Prince George’s County centers of Casa de Maryland.
Photos: Jelena Kopanja, FI2W contributor
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