Canadian tire Kingston took the Jump start program that helps under privileged kids get equipment to participate in sports like hockey to another level. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday it was in place to help Syrian refuges get on the ice for the first time at the Memorial Center.
Canadian Tire at the Kingston Centre invited all Syrian refugees to be fitted for a new pair of skates and helmet. By the end of Saturday it was said they had fitted more than 75 pairs of skates and helmets.
Lisa Paquet, business development manager at the store: “The kids’ faces just light up. With the language barrier it was a little harder to understand, but we’ve got the hand signals down and a lot of the families have young children who do speak English well.
“It just melts you heart … We had a little three-year-old who was just so tiny, we had the smallest pair of skates and he stood up and he was elated.”
The Whig Standard caught up with Mohamed Maree, he said “I’m very happy, it went good. It was a little scary at first, but now not so much.”
Today Ryan’s High Five goes to Canadian Tire at the Kingston center
Story & photo credit to: http://www.thewhig.com/