International Thanksgiving brings nearly 350 Purdue University students together

Students are served all the traditional Thanksgiving foods. For many, this is their first time having a Thanksgiving meal.

Posted: Nov 24, 2019 1:12 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2019 12:06 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nearly 350 Purdue students from all over the world have come together for a Thanksgiving meal. The event is put on by a Purdue University Christian fellowship group called Chi Alpha.

Students are served all the traditional Thanksgiving foods. Members from River City Church in Lafayette and Connection Point Church in West Lafayette partner to prepare the food for students. For many students, this is their first time having a Thanksgiving meal.

Chi Alpha leader Tiffany Patterson said this event brings together people of all backgrounds and beliefs. She said at least 45 countries were represented this year and that's the most they've ever had.

“We believe that God made every people group, every language, every country and so this is just a celebration of that 45-countries is quite a few countries to be able to put under one roof and celebrate together,” said Patterson. “There's unity there, which I think is really an awesome thing.”

Students say the experience is unforgettable.

“This is my first experience for a Thanksgiving dinner and I enjoy it so much meeting new people,” said Amirul Azley, a student from Malaysia.

“It's a very unique experience because I get to have Thanksgiving dinner with everyone,” said Kok-Xin Tan, a student from Malaysia.

“It felt like home honestly because my friends are my family,” said Francisco Moran, a student from Peru.

“The whole continent is here, the world is here it's been great,” said Delivac Aboagye, a student from Ghana.

“It's really great to get to know people from all over the world, people I didn't know coming here,” said Jenna Clingerman, a student from the United States.

This year marks the 13th annual International Thanksgiving. Connection Point Church has hosted the event for the past four years.

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