Monday, December 7, 2015

Canadian sponsors 50 Syrian refugee families

Today's Crumb comes from a faithful reader in Canada, who noticed that an Ontario businessman has arranged to sponsor not just one Syrian refugee family, but fifty families. His name is Jim Estill, and he is CEO of an appliance company called Danby in Guelph, Ontario. He will personally foot the bill of over $1 million "because it's the right thing to do."

                                                                                                                          Submitted by Jim Estill
Looking at the refugee crisis, Estill calls fifty families "a drop in the bucket" and completely absorbable in a city the size of Guelph. To launch his initiative, he contacted local clergy including the Muslim society and asked if they would be on board? Everyone agreed. Each refugee family will have an Arabic-speaking mentor and an English-speaking mentor to assist them in opening bank accounts and obtaining health cards. Each family will receive free clothing from the Salvation Army Thrift Store. "If you ask, people will give," says Estill. "You just have to ask."

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