January 22, 2016 3:42 am

Surrey businessman to give free groceries to 500 refugees

WATCH: A generous Surrey businessman named Tony Singh is giving free groceries to Syrian refugees arriving in British Columbia. As Linda Aylesworth reports, he’s paying it forward from an act of kindness 40 years ago.


Tony Singh remembers his second day in Canada, forty years ago.

“A neighbour who didn’t know us invited us for dinner,” he said. “That simple gesture had such a profound impact on me and my life. It showed me what it means to be Canadian.”

Now 50 years old and the President of Fruitcana, Singh has decided to give food baskets to 500 Syrian refugees arriving in Surrey over coming months. The food baskets will feed a family of five for up to nine days, says Singh.

“It’s very tough. When I was a child, I remember when you don’t the language, the environment, it’s shocking when you walk in the first day,” he said.

“When an immigrant comes here, I want to see a smile on their face, so they’re welcome as Canadians.”

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