Canadians give equipment to 10-year old Syrian boy who wants to play hockey
A 10-year-old Syrian boy has received a staggering amount of hockey equipment from Canadians after a tweet went viral asking for donations.
Yaman Bai arrived in Canada last March, accompanied by his mother and three siblings. Yaman's father wasn't able to join the family in their new home in St. John's, N.L., but many neighbours stepped up to welcome the family.
One of those neighbours was Michael Doyle.
The local hockey dad put out a tweet asking for donations of hand-me-down hockey equipment, so Yaman could join his classmates on the ice.
A neigbour has asked me for hockey equipment for a young Syrian boy who lives around the corner. All our stuff is sort of small. I got him a new helmet but looking for everything else. DM please & I'll gladly pick up in the metro area. Also looking for skates for sis & older bro.— Michael Doyle (@CJPDoyle) January 13, 2020
The response to Doyle's tweet was heartwarming.
Over the next few days, Doyle received dozens of anonymous donations: skates, hockey sticks, skating bags... If you can find it in an NHL locker room, then it was probably on his doorstep.
Stuff has been showing up all day.— Michael Doyle (@CJPDoyle) January 14, 2020
You people are the best. pic.twitter.com/yt6XsAADVl
And then Canadians began to ask if they could donate money to help Yaman out.
Can I send you a little something via e-transfer?— Carrie Marshall (@HelleMax) January 15, 2020
Eventually, even small businesses started to get involved. Sportscraft — a hockey store local to St. John's — offered to give Yaman brand-new equipment with no mark-up on the cost.
Thanks to the generously donated funds, Doyle was able to take them up on that offer.
Canada isn’t perfect, but it can still be a place where ordinary people come together to tell a refugee family that we care.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) January 18, 2020
That his mom doesn’t have to go it alone.
That they belong.
It was a gigantic, Canadian “we got you” - all done without having to say a single word.
When Doyle took Yaman to the hockey store, the boy shook each employee's hand one-by-one. In true Canadian spirit, Yaman chose to wrap his stick with tape decorated with a maple leaf.
In hockey, you put tape on your stick for better grip.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) January 18, 2020
When they tell Yaman to choose his tape, he goes straight for the one with a Maple Leaf on it.
He wanted to keep the flag with him, so that whenever he plays, he's carrying it.
Heartfelt messages in response to Yaman's story have been flooding in from across Canada.
One woman was proud to be a part of such a generous country.
I needed to hear a good news story! Thanks for sharing this. Made my day and made my heart proud.— Marianne61🇨🇦 (@Marianne61) January 21, 2020
And a man in Ontario wanted to wish Yaman a warm welcome.
This is Canada, a country I am proud to call home. A country where love above all else dictates how we live. Welcome Yaman, it is a great blessing to us all that you have become a member of our big family. 🇨🇦 #WelcomeToCanada— William Stiles (@gday_willstiles) January 18, 2020
Another Canadian man absolutely was not crying.
Just got something in my eye thats all— Dazz (@DazzDzatron) January 19, 2020
But this Australian woman definitely was.
Stop making me cry at my desk! pic.twitter.com/lgoJaMgbiD— The Holly & the Kylie (@misskylie77) January 20, 2020
Keep being amazing, Canada.
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