Virginia Kase of Casa de Maryland, Helps Day Laborers Celebrate Thanksgiving in Silver Spring, Md.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA)--   They aren't after riches or wealth, but they are deeply thankful for what little they do have. 

This whole Thanksgiving holiday may be new to them, however the spirit of gratitude already runs deep. Now immigrant day laborers new to this country are learning about the tradition of Thanksgiving. 

A group of them got together for an early Thanksgiving meal at CASA de Maryland's workers center in Silver Spring. Many gave thanks for being able to have work whenever they get it. 

Some have work visas, other are undocumented and all of them are searching for the American dream. 

Virginia Kase, the director of welcome centers and education for CASA said ,"Many of the people who come to the centers have never celebrated Thanksgiving before. Some of them, this is their first time in the United States."

She added, "They are so excited, so eager to be part of the American culture."

The Thanksgiving meal wrapped up early because the laborers had to go find work for the day. Because their feast was held so early in the morning, the organizers had a hard time finding cooked turkeys to be catered, so instead they all settled for chicken. 

It didn't matter to any of them.

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