• Full Frontal with Samantha Bee donates massive home to El Refugio for Christmas on I.C.E. special

    Well, this is heartwarming. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the Emmy-winning TBS series, is donating a six-bedroom house to a group that lodges families of detained immigrants.  The receiving organization, called El Refugio, provides housing for families visiting loved ones at the Stewart Detention Center in rural Lumpkin, Georgia.

    The house has 20 beds, a 20-person dining room, and is newly renovated. Bee herself called it “beautiful.” There are no hotels in Lumpkin, and families of refugees previously relied on El Refugio’s tiny three-bedroom, one-bathroom home with futons and air mattresses accommodating constant overflow. Now, families will be able to connect under less stressful conditions.

    “We are overwhelmed with humility and gratitude,” said JoAnn Weiss, board chair of El Refugio. “Thanks to the radical kindness and awesome generosity of Samantha Bee and the production team at Full Frontal, we will be able to do much more to alleviate the stress and expense families separated by I.C.E. experience when they visit their loved ones at Stewart.”

    Full Frontal has also organized for volunteer lawyers and interpreters from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigration Freedom Initiative to help detained immigrants and their families.

    The donation comes as part of Full Frontal’s Christmas on I.C.E. special, which airs Wednesday, December 19 on TBS. Below are a few star-studded promos of the I.C.E.-focused special from Full Frontal’s Twitter:

    Emily Winter

    Emily Winter has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR's "Ask Me Another," TV Land, Fusion TV, Glamour, and The Barnes & Noble Review. Her standup comedy plays on SiriusXM, and she runs two Time Out Critics' Pick comedy shows in Brooklyn, BackFat Variety at Union Hall, and Side Ponytail at Friends and Lovers. She also hosts the podcast How To Produce Live Comedy, and her work has been profiled on The TODAY Show, The AV Club, Buzzfeed, Lifehacker, and more.

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