Great News: Meet the Syrian Boy Learning to Play Hockey in Canada

@MuhammadLila Via Twitter

Great News: Meet the Syrian Boy Learning to Play Hockey in Canada

Every Monday morning we bring you feel good stories to balance out all the bad news

January 21, 2020

Today on Kevin in the Morning with Allie & Jensen we have GREAT NEWS stories for you. We find news stories that make you feel good and restore your faith in humanity to balance out all the bad news you hear on the news.

This morning Kevin told us about Alik. In 2012 she arrived in Fort Worth, TX from Sudan. She had two daughters and she was pregnant. She had been separated from her husband in a refugee camp and he was unable to get out of the camp in Egypt. Two women who attend The Village Church in Fort Worth adopted them. Molly and Mary Claire were matched with Alik and her family to help them out. One of the many things that they helped Alik with was to get her husband Dyan to the US, to reunite the family. Everyone told them it would be a miracle to get him resettled in the US. Dyan assumed he would never see his family again. Molly and Mary Claire helped Alik every step of the way. They filed paperwork after paperwork, met with social workers, called congressmen and congresswomen and met with immigration attorneys all to get Dyan reunited with his family. When they finally met at the airport they were so happy to be reunited, and hey fell to the ground because he was so overwhelmed with emotion. This was Kevin’s GREAT NEWS!!!

Jensen brought our attention to Petersfield Bookstore of Petersfield, England. They have been around for 100 years and recently their first-ever “tumbleweed day.” Manager John Westwood took to Twitter to tell the sad story of how “not a single book had been sold,” or a single person walked into the bookstore. The Shop’s manager then saw an increase in online sales. The tweet has now been re-tweeted almost 10,000 times including by author Neil Gaiman. Since the tweet, he’s gotten over 100 orders and 300 messages of support. They have been hit hard since Amazon started selling books. He sold his own flat to keep the bookstore open. Independent bookstore sales mean more for authors to get on a bestseller list, and book stores are quickly going away, so buy a book from a local bookstore and support them. This was Jensen’s GREAT NEWS!!!

Allie told us about a twitter thread by Muhammad Lila where he told the story of a Third Grade boy named Yaman. He’s just like every other kid except his family are refugees from Syria. His father was not able to make it out of Syria, only his mom, Yamen and three other siblings. Yamam and his family resettled in New Foundland and the neighbors welcomed this family with open arms. A lot of kids in Yaman’s class play Hockey, and Yaman also wanted to play Hockey too. Unfortunately, Yaman didn’t have any equipment. The community found out about this and people started dropping off skates, sticks and all kinds of equipment. A local store heard about this and offered to sell him equipment to at cost, and a local parent even took him to pick out his new equipment. He walked in and made sure to shake everyone’s hand. In the thread, Muhammad includes pictures of the adorable kid picking out gear. This story is about how Hockey is more than a sport. “At its best, it can unite us. You’ll see Canadians, from all backgrounds, playing it everywhere:  Streets, hallways, frozen ponds, you name it. Even as kids, we played until it got so dark outside we couldn’t see the puck anymore. When you’re an immigrant, the easiest thing in the world is to feel left out. Your food is different. Your accent is different. Maybe your clothes too. And when your parents are struggling to pay the rent, hockey is a laughably impossible luxury. But here’s the thing. When you’re a kid, you don't care about any of that. All you want is to want to fit in.  And it hurts like hell when you don’t. It can be the worst feeling in the world. And that’s exactly why this was so awesome. Canada isn’t perfect, but it can still be a place where ordinary people come together to tell a refugee family that we care. 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. This was Allie’s GREAT NEWS!!!