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Refugee family recalls Vale’s generosity when they were strangers

VALE – On a December night in 1979, Sai Vang sat in the back seat of a loaded van, squished between her parents and eight siblings as they rode from the Boise airport to their new home of Vale.

It was the 15-year-old’s first night in America and a stark contrast from the refugee camp in Thailand where her family had been living for five years. 

“The first thing I remember was the snow,” said Vang.

Looking out the car window, Vang was mesmerized by twinkling Christmas lights . . .