Half a dozen members helped out at World Refugee Day at Highland Apartments this afternoon. The event brought together numerous partners including Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), The Donelson Fellowship and of course Nashville Soccer Club. The club had their inflatable pitch setup for small sided games almost the entire time. Next to soccer was a bounce house for the little kids and a table of face painting and henna tattoos that also was quite active. Mothers and toddlers sat in the shade of trees while a feast for all was prepped in the apartment close by. The free meal for all was provided in part from a $300 donation made from the Nashville Soccer Supporters Trust. Food came mostly from King Market and Al Rasoul Market.
Nashville Diaper Connection had a table setup giving away free diapers. Size 3 were popular for some reason (I’m happy diaper days are behind me). There were also tables about language and citizenship. The President of NICE, Dr. Gatluak Ter Thach, spoke briefly and mayor David Briley made an appearance. The most famous person there had to be Ropapa Mensah. He played with many kids and I saw smiles from boys and girls that got his autograph. In addition to today, Nashville Soccer Club provided the kids at Highland Apartments 24 tickets for Saturday night’s home match. Nassim, whom I met last year, was super excited.
The highlight of the event had to be the food. I added a picture of one of 3 large lamb plates from Al Rasoul. In addition to the saucers of lamb there were white bean in tomato sauce pans, other side plates and lots of bread. The buffet table literally stretched 30 feet, but somehow ended up being just the right amount of food. After leaving the party, I got a call from Greg. He didn’t want to eat while volunteering, but decided to go to Al Rasoul since it was close by. While checking out he mentioned how it was just the right amount of food and the brief conversation we had with the owner’s wife, Beverly. After helping me load all the food into my Tahoe, we saw her later and chatted. Pleased with the report, Greg’s dinner was free. It was the perfect end to an evening of celebration and generosity by so many. Thank you to all who helped us be a part of this special day.