Community center receives hundreds of cards for local immigrants

Community center receives hundreds of cards for local immigrants
Clare Rutz (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Clare Rutz (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Letters filled with welcoming words are now covering the windows of the Americana Community Center in Louisville.

"A lot of our younger participants here, as well as our older ones actually, were a bit concerned," Americana Community Center Director of Development Clare Rutz said. "(They) were slightly afraid. There was some bullying in school."

This reaction spurred from the election results on Nov. 8 and some of the negative rhetoric towards immigrants that followed.

Americana Community Center serves students from more than 100 countries. On Nov. 11, they asked the community to write their students letters of support.

"We received a tremendous response," Rutz said.

In just three days, hundreds of cards poured in from Boston, Philadelphia, and several from neighbors in Beechmont.

Louisville resident Lindsay Shores' daughters were adopted from Ethiopia.

"When this opportunity came up, it was just perfect for our family in a way that we could work toward healing," Shores said.

For others, writing the cards is a way to build a stronger community.

"We love our neighborhood," Trish Garrison said. "We love the diversity." 

"This is the birth of something awesome," William Creasman said. "I'm sad it took something ugly for this to happen, but here we are."

The Americana Community Center serves thousands of families. They're hoping to collect enough cards for each of them to take home by Thanksgiving.

Cards can be sent to the following address:

ATTN: Clare Rutz
4801 Southside Drive
Louisville, KY 40214?

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