DALLAS, TX - Volunteers helped to welcome Syrian refugees to North Texas Saturday, by bringing them Christmas presents.
One of the families just arrived from the Middle East and despite Governor Abbott's effort to reject Syrian refugees over security concerns.
FOX's Lori Brown has the story.
Volunteers hoping to help 175 refugee children delivered hundreds of Christmas gifts to the new Dallas residents. For many families these were their first Christmas gifts, since they did not celebrate Christmas in their home countries of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.
This family from Afghanistan has only been in the U.S. for one month.
"Most of the refugees are Muslims, but they've heard of Christmas and seen an American movie with Santa, so they're curious," Anne Marie Weiss-Armush said.
This family from Syria has been in the national spotlight as they moved to Dallas last week despite Governor Greg Abbott's pledge to reject Syrian refugees out of security concerns following the November terrorist attacks in Paris.
This is the first time they've been seen on camera the family did not want to do an interview but they seemed pleased with the presents.
The children seemed happy with their first encounter with Santa and his special delivery.
"For me Christmas is about love and giving and coming together to help the poor," Weiss-Armush said.
Imlimaaal Shoar moved to the U.S. from Afghanistan just two weeks ago.
"Every day explosions, attack, the people are scared," Shoar said.
Shoar explained why he came to the U.S.
"I came to U.S. for my kids, good school here, everything is good here, I came for my kids, they are safe," Shoar said.
Volunteers said they believe they are the ones who gained the most this morning.