A crowd of Burmese refugees gathered in the parking lot Sunday afternoon at the Sun Blossom Mountain apartment complex on Ranchester Drive -- which was the subject of our recent cover story on Houston's refugees -- and waited for John Glenn to shout their names.
A local company, Roguescene Houston, had the previous weekend hosted a charity event on behalf of the 150 Burmese families who live there in order to raise enough money to buy each of them a rice cooker. And a truck full of them, along with a small team of volunteers in black shirts, had just arrived.
Glenn, a former activist in Burma (or Myanmar) who has helped to organize his fellow refugees since arriving here in January, spent much of the last week putting together a list of names and spreading the word. He says people were initially hesitant to cooperate, because they didn't believe the cookers would actually show up.
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But the crowd grew fast on Sunday, and refugees walked up one by one to collect their cookers as Glenn worked his way down the list