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Arnold Schwarzenegger: This is how he was received in America

Arnold Schwarzenegger: This is how he was received in America

Arnold Schwarzenegger came to America in 1968. Photo: Frédéric Legrand – COMEO /

Arnold Schwarzenegger distributes gifts to children in need. He was inspired by his own story. He recalls his first Christmas in America.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (76) who spread Christmas cheer in Los Angeles. As part of a charity campaign in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, volunteers distributed thousands of toys to children in need at a youth center. Among them was a Hollywood star. In a video shared by Schwarzenegger on social mediaHe explained how he was inspired to help others: When he visited America in the late 1960s, he was welcomed by the people at his gym.

This is how Schwarzenegger was received in America

Schwarzenegger says in the video: “When I came to this country, my friends at Gold’s Gym threw a big Christmas for me and invited me over to their house. It was awesome.” The action star continued: “They gave me Christmas presents and they had this beautiful Christmas tree.” “I am here in America, even though I am a foreigner and have just arrived in this country,” he recalled.

Schwarzenegger now wants to pass on this feeling to others. He’ll never forget that kind of kindness and belonging, “and that’s why I wanted to do the same thing when I had the money,” he added. That’s why I’ve been coming to the youth center for more than 30 years, giving gifts and donating,” said the actor and former governor of California. “It gives me joy to be able to share that kindness and encourage others to do the same.”

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55 years in the US, 40 years as a US citizen

Born in Styria, Austria in 1947, Arnold Schwarzenegger immigrated to the United States in 1968. He only had it in September On Instagram He celebrated being a US citizen for exactly 40 years. September 16, 1983 was “one of the proudest days of my life,” the actor wrote in his post.