Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan hosted a Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago on Wednesday. The dinner including all of the usual trimmings along with one other added element.
17 Syrian Refugees joined them for the big Thanksgiving feast.
"If you're anything like me, you watched with shock and sadness as so many governors issued statements that they would be refusing any further Syrian refugees in their respective states," Dolan wrote on her blog.
For Dolan, helping refugees is extremely personal. Her family immigrated to Chicago from poverty-stricken and war-torn Ireland years ago. Her grandfather, James Dolan (nicknamed "Grumpy"), was an infant when the family left Ireland.
According to Dolan, her family stayed in the U.S. because they loved everything about it.
"They loved White Sox baseball, they loved schools for their children, they loved their neighbors, they loved the music, food, movies, but most of all they loved the opportunity," she wrote in her blog.
Dolan cited her Catholic upbringing as a reason for caring for the most vulnerable in our society.
She said that "Grumpy" recently passed away, and Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday.
It was the perfect opportunity to welcome the Syrian refugees to America.
In addition to the Thanksgiving dinner, Dolan wrote on her blog that the refugees are in need of donations of winter coats and other supplies.