We are writing to express our deepest gratitude to the Greater Grand Forks community for its residents' most kind wishes and donations.

We are deeply grateful to be part of this community. We have hope in this country because of you residents. Thank you for your generosity.

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All of the donations will help us rebuild our restaurant, Juba Coffee and Restaurant, which served all people - any color and religion.

Juba provided free meals to the unemployed and to newcomers. We don't see color and religion. We see humans first.

The horrible act that happened to our restaurant has no place in the Greater Grand Forks community. We know that this hate does not represent North Dakota. The welcoming comments and best wishes from members of the community are truly appreciated.

Again, many, many thanks for the support and donations from members of the Greater Grand Forks community. We sincerely appreciate it. It means the world to us.

Ilhaam Hassan, Abdulaziz Moallin, Noura Ahmed and family

Grand Forks

The writers are owners of Juba Coffee and Restaurant in Grand Forks.

On Dec. 7, the Somali restaurant was heavily damaged by a fire that police say was started by a homemade explosive. A person suspected of causing the fire has been arrested and charged.