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Thirsty First Grill hosting refugee charity drive

The Syrian Refugee Crisis, along with several other refugee situations around the world, have displaced millions of people. (Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons – DFID: UK Department for International Development)

With all the political and social conflict surrounding refugees entering the United States, it can be difficult to know how just one person can help.

On Feb. 10, Thirsty First Tavern & Grill is giving you the chance to harness people power. Featuring local talents The Party Band, The Only Things, Don’t Blow It, and Sechion, come and eat, drink, dance, and contribute to a donation which will purchase grocery store gift cards for the International Institute in Lowell.

The International Institute works to resettle refugees and offers services such as language classes, residential placement, and financial and food aid. Thirsty First will be donating 10 percent of all revenue made after 8 p.m. toward the purchase of grocery store gift cards.

This is important because emergency food stamps and regular food stamp services offered to refugees can often fall short of providing needed supplies to needy families. These donations play an important part in the food security of refugees escaping precarious situations around the world.

Donations will also be accepted on site. Cash and credit accepted. Follow the Twitter hashtag #peoplepower for links to a GoFundMe page which will be live during the whole set.

There is no cover charge, just bring yourself, friends, and heart to be part of a solution to the often difficult reality of being a refugee in the United States.

For more information on the International Institute, visit their website at .

WHERE: Thirsty First Tavern & Grill 280 Central Street
Lowell, Massachusetts
WHEN: February 10 – 8 p.m. to close
WHO: The Party Band, The Only Things, Don’t Blow It, Sechion
For more information on the event, or to get involved, contact Al Gentile at

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