Jim Estill, Owner and CEO of Danby Appliances commits to bringing 50 Afghan refugee families to Canada

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Guelph philanthropist continues his work that started with sponsoring and supporting 50 Syrian refugee families 5 years ago

“There is a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. We cannot turn away from these families who have left everything behind,” stated Jim Estill, Danby Appliances Owner and CEO.

Danby Appliances, together with Jim Estill who is the Owner and CEO of the Canadian-based manufacturer and distributor of household appliances, announced today its efforts to sponsor and support 50 families fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Supporting entire families is a complex and involved process with many moving parts, several things need to fall into place at the government level before families can begin their journey to Canada. Danby, local volunteers, and organization have already begun planning and reaching out to those in a position to donate resources, funds and time.

This isn’t Estill’s first time supporting families looking to provide a better life, free of persecution for their children. Five years ago, the entrepreneur and Guelph, Ontario resident sponsored 50 Syrian families and helped them settle, find employment and begin again. Since then, Danby has assisted the Guelph community at large in the sponsorship of approx. 150 additional refugees from various countries around the world. It’s no surprise Danby’s tagline is “Do The Right Thing” with this CEO at the helm spiriting a culture of philanthropy, volunteerism and servant leadership.

“There is a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. We cannot turn away from these families who have left everything behind” stated Jim Estill, Danby Appliances Owner and CEO. “Sponsoring and settling over 50 Syrian families several years ago provided insight on how to best support and successfully integrate these men, women and children new to Canada. By doing the right thing, we continue to provide a safe, welcoming network of Canadians to welcome these families. I am proud of what we are doing and thankful for the overwhelming support of other businesspeople, organizations and volunteers who have stepped up to help.”

The federal government is still assessing the situation and how refugee families will be allocated and assisted. For more information on how Danby is supporting Afghan families click here. A Gofundme page has been created for those wanting to donate.

About Danby Appliances:

Founded in 1947, Danby is one of North America's leading manufacturer/distributors of compact appliances such as microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners. The company operates three distinct business units – Danby, MicroFridge, and Silhouette – with four North American offices, including three in the U.S. and one in Canada. For more information on Danby and its products, please visit http://www.Danby.com. Follow Danby on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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