The Syrian refugee family pledged to donate their profits in the next few weeks to help the Canadian Red Cross’s relief efforts in Fort McMurray.
The Hadhad’s are the first family of Syrian refugees to arrive at Antigonish, Canada. Once, they owned a chocolate factory in Syria which shipped its special treats all over the Middle East before it was destroyed in a bombing, forcing the family to leave everything behind and flee to Lebanon.
In Lebanon, the family had a very hard time, spending about 3 years in poverty and stress.
When they arrived in Antigonish in January 2016, they had hopes of rebuilding the business in their new country because they believed work means life for them.
They started making chocolates at home as a first step. Quickly, their homemade sweets started garnering a reputation.
Then, Assam Hadhad was hired by the Liberal Party to serve his chocolates at their provincial annual general meeting to 450 guests.
Over the last month, The family had been swamped with big orders from the provincial Liberal annual general meeting and events at St. Francis Xavier University to local weddings.
Tareq Hadhad thinks they’ll soon be able to open a little chocolate shop in the town. But first, the family wants to make a donation to help the people of Fort McMurray.
Hadhad says many of their new friends in Antigonish are affected by the devastating fire.
He says his family understands what it feels like to flee their home and lose everything, so they are hoping to do what they can to help.