LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After its building was vandalized and then cleaned up by the community, the Islamic Center is saying thank you.

The center was covered with red spray paint in September. Someone had painted threatening and hateful graffiti on the walls.

A couple days later, about 1,000 people from all different faith backgrounds showed up to paint over the vandalism.

Dr. Muhammad Babar with the center says Sunday's community appreciation luncheon shows there is still love and compassion present in Louisville.

"It tells us that we have a hope for our world.," he said. "That still the human bond is the stronger bond. This bond still overcomes hatred or misunderstandings."

The event also acted as an early Thanksgiving for the community to get to know their neighbors. 

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