Walmart Canada is helping newly arrived Afghans settle into Canada by providing financial support and essential household products.
The company is donating $100,000 to Food Banks of Canada to provide 200,000 meals for Afghan families and its providing household essentials, toys and craft items to Afghan children to keep them entertained while they're staying in quarantine hotels in Canada with their parents.
In addition, Walmart Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support the company, while Walmart Canada is encouraging newcomers to apply for jobs in its stores and distribution centres across Canada.
Among those who are welcoming Walmart's support is Shahpoor Amiri, store manager at the Kingsway Village Supercentre in Oshawa, Ont. He came to Canada as a refugee in 1999 from Afghanistan and found a job at Walmart shortly after his arrival. His wife, also Afghan is an associate with Walmart and has been with the company for 16 years.
"We’ve worked hard, started new lives and now we’re giving back. That’s why I’ve been helping sponsor my fellow Afghans. I feel it is my duty to help my people, who never asked for this fate."
He says he's proud that Walmart Canada is donating to Food Banks Canada to provide hundreds of thousands of meals to the newly arrived Afghans in Canada.
"My fellow Afghans will need sponsors. I have personally sponsored Afghan refugees and continue to do so. I know this has inspired other Walmart associates to do the same, including some of my assistant managers: Patricia Kirton, Patrick Duffie and Spencer King. It’s overwhelming to see the compassion humans can have for each other."