January 5, 2017 10:15 am
Updated: January 5, 2017 12:39 pm

Car donated to Syrian refugee family settling in Winnipeg amid negative backlash

WATCH: It was a happy ending for the Winnipeg man who donated his car, time and money to a Syrian refugee family new to Winnipeg. But it wasn’t all smiles for Neil Granger who received negative emails and phone calls throughout the process.


WINNIPEG — It was an exciting day for one Syrian refugee family, who had their first car donated to them by a generous Winnipegger.

On Wednesday, Neil Granger gave his Honda Civic to a family of four who recently escaped the war zone in Syria.

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Granger also wanted to help raise the money to pay the first year’s insurance for the car.

“We just want to help out so they can insure the vehicle for one year,” he said. “They don’t have anything…they’ve lost everything they own.”

But unexpected reaction came from the good deed.

Negative comments flooded the Global News web story and Granger’s email inbox.

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Granger said he was confused by the feedback, as he was simply trying to help.

“My main prerogative was to have a good feeling happy story,” Granger said. “I had one guy personally call me and berate me.”

But he did not allow the negative words to discourage him.

“That’s your opinion, but don’t bother writing me about it, because I don’t care.”

Officials who work with immigrants in Winnipeg said they are disappointed to hear this reaction but believe we should focus on educating society and all of the positive things the city has done.

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