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Colombian couple tries for invites to first Thanksgiving, hundreds ask them to come over

Amy Christie

A Colombian couple wanted to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving, and since it was their first time celebrating it in Boston, they got worried no one would invite them.

As soon as they heard the couple wanted to celebrate the occasion, hundreds of neighbors invited them over.

What are the details?

Susana Orrego and her husband haven’t lived long in the United States, and this will be their first Thanksgiving. They live in Brookline, and Susana is a part-time student taking classes at Harvard Medical School. They will stay in the area for about two years until she can complete her two years’ master’s degree, as Sunnyskyz reports.

When she heard her classmates talking about what they’re going to do for Thanksgiving, Susana set her heart on experiencing this holiday for the first time.

So, she decided to reach out online to her neighbors. She posted a message with her wish, explaining how much it would mean to her to be able to share Thanksgiving with an American family.

“Want to share Thanksgiving with new neighbors? This post will be super crazy, but I will take the chance. My name is Susana; I'm a medical doctor, a full-time student with a master's degree at Harvard Medical School. My husband and I recently moved to Boston, MA, and we will live here for two years (we came from Colombia). We live in Brookline at Beacon St. We are a super lovely couple and want to know more about American Culture. I want to have our first traditional Thanksgiving with an American Family.
We are a super lovely couple and want to know more about American Culture. I want to have our first traditional thanksgiving with an American Family.

We can bring food, beverage, and help with all the processes of dinner preparation. We offer to share our gratitude and friendship and share our Latin American and Colombian heritage.

I appreciate any help you can provide or suggestions. Have a great raining night!” Susana wrote.

What happened next?

As it turns out, the local community was touched by her initiative. Susana and her husband had a hard time figuring where to go since they received over 200 invitations and replies from people they didn’t know.

One of the invitations was written by Carol Lesser, and it will be the one that Susana and Edward, her husband, will take up.

"I said to her, I felt like I won the lottery because she chose us, and we get a chance to meet them. She seemed so genuine in her reaching out, and I felt like we could reciprocate and show her a good side of America,” Lesser shared with the outlet.

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