Inspired by generosity 40 years ago, Surrey businessman gives groceries to Syrian refugees
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Surrey grocery store chain owner is providing Syrian refugees with free groceries, inspired by an elderly lady’s generosity to his family 40 years ago.

Fruiticana founder and president Tony Singh has for the past 10 days been delivering free baskets of food to Syrian refugees as they arrive, and will deliver more today (Thursday) in Guildford and onward.

Some 500 Syrian refugees are expected to benefit from his generous gesture.

“Actions that are positive help build communities and produce positive results,” said Singh, who employs 500 workers at 18 grocery store locations in B.C. and Alberta. “If 600 show up, we will provide.”

Eight stores are in Surrey.

“I became a successful businessperson and Canadian because of a simple and powerful message,” he said. “I am sure many of these refugees, especially the children, will go on to make many positive contributions to Canada in the future.”

Singh recalled arriving as a new immigrant to Canada in 1975, when he was 10 years old, and a neighbour’s generosity on his second day here. His family came from Punjab and were living in an apartment in Toronto at the time. They didn’t speak a word of English.

“Our neighbour invited us over for dinner,” he recalled. “The simple gesture had such a profound impact on me and my life. It showed me what it means to be Canadian. I wanted to pass on that same special feeling to these Syrian refugees arriving in Canada.”

 

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Source: The Now