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Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, took time out from the negotiating table on Monday to volunteer with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and the Xavier Mission, a community outreach organization that operates out of the Church of St. Francis Xavier in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
Xavier's usual busy community kitchen feeds the hungry by the hundreds each week. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ambassador Power and her two young children were joined by about 50 volunteers, including several refugees from places like Syria and Iran.
Power says the willingness of the refugees to give their time to less fortunate, particularly given some of the circumstances they seen, is testament to the spirit of service of Dr. King, and to the refugees who are eager to give back to American communities in need.