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Catholic organization hosts Christmas party for refugees

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Posted at 8:50 PM, Dec 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-08 22:50:42-05

SALT LAKE CITY – A Catholic organization held an event Sunday to provide refugees in Utah a good time and a memorable holiday season.

Catholic Community Services hosted their annual Refugee Christmas Party at the Saint Vincent De Paul Parish, located at 1385 East Spring Lane in Holladay.

According to a press release from Catholic Community Services, Utah receives about 1,200 refugees from all around the world each year, and many of them have fled from war and violence.

Dorothy Soklaski volunteers with Catholic Community Services’ refugee resettlement program, and she said their goal is to show love and support for the refugees.

“You know, they come here, many of them have lived, the children especially, have lived their entire lives in refugee camps in different parts of the world, and our main goal is to make them feel comfortable, to let them know that there are people here who support them, and we try our best to help them with their English as well” she said.

About 75 refugees attended the event, which featured food, games and holiday songs. Soklaski said the families who attended were ones who they are actively working with in the refugee resettlement program.

For more information about Catholic Community Services, visit their website.