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This is going to be a hard thread for some to read. Some of you might cry, Some just shed a few tears, Some of you may be angry & outraged at what has transpired...But as we have come to learn, this is the reality of running a non profit and helping people who need help the most.
We have gotten to the place where we swore to ourselves that we would never go.

We tried so hard...everyone of our Full Time volunteer staff and our other Part Time volunteers have all put blood, sweat & tears into running @HarvestHillsYYC and helping our fellow #Calgarians.
We have tried to keep up with demand, tried to keep up with running our social media profiles and our website, tried to keep up with the massive amount of assistance requests that have come up ever since the latest restrictions have come into play...We legitimately have tried...
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This evening at 4:45pm we got a call from a social worker that works with seniors. She called us in a frenzy asking us for immediate help.

She told us of an emergency so extreme that her voice shook with concern over one of her clients.

#YYC #Calgary #CalgarySeniors #hope
This is what she said:

"Hello Jen, I was hoping I would be able to contact you before I left my work for the day in regards to a rather important situation that came across my desk this afternoon. I hope you have the time to chat?"

I said "Yes of course, how can we help?" #care
She said "We have a senior lady that is struggling so much that she has been going door to door asking for food from others in her complex."

I was quiet and honestly speechless.

I said "Of course we can and we will help. What is it that you need." #FEEDYYC #FoodHamper #helping
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Yesterday, we had a call. A call that made 3 of my volunteers cry.

You see, an individual in need contacted @HarvestHillsYYC and asked for help with food. We have permission to tell his story and share his request with everyone.
It started off with a phone call to a new volunteer that was on her first on call shift over the Christmas Break. "N" called and left a message in which he asked to be called back as soon as possible.

So our volunteer Melanie returned his call.
She asked N what he needed help with & he said he needed help with food/rent cause he could pay his rent & not eat for the month & maybe eat once every 3 to 4 days....or pay some of his rent and be able to eat everyday and hope he could find the money to pay the rest of his rent.
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🚨🎄#Christmas #Help🎄🚨

We only have 2 #families left 2 be sponsored for this #HolidaySeason

If you want to help a #family be #sponsored, please call the HHCC team at 403-608-7224 for more info!

Family information for each family is below!

#PleaseDonate #AlbertaCares #YYC
Family 1:

#FrontlineWorkers #Mom is on the #Frontline at a local #Hospital.

#Dad is a maintenance worker that worked for #WestJet, he was laid off. (He’s been #LaidOff since May of #2020.

This #Family has 4 #Children & #Pets.

They are looking to be #Sponsored for #Christmas
Family 2:

#Dad is a #FRONTLINE #Worker.

#Mom was a #Waitress until she was laid off in #April of #2020. The #restaurant #ClosedDown

There are 5 children ages 7 months to 8 years.

They too are #Looking to be #Sponsored for #Christmas this #HolidaySeason.

#CalgaryCares #YYC
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Jen here, I am currently waiting for my car 2 warm up 2 be able 2 drive 2 a home in #Martindale to pick up & drive a mom & young son to the Children’s Hospital.

She needed a ride & did not have enough money to pay for a cab.

So the #volunteer on call called me for #help. #YYC
So soon I will be heading to the Children’s Hospital 🏥 & hoping that this young mans eardrum did not burst, as his mom said that this will be his 4th or 5th ear infection just this year. Mom is alone here in #YYC as she just moved here from #GrandPrairie in January of this year.
Now the #car is #warm & I’m off! I will #update everyone after I am back home! #HelpingOthers #DoAGoodDeed #community #Support #YYCCares #AlbertaCares #CalgaryCares #CanadaCares
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Please share this far & wide! Both @ParachutesP & @HarvestHillsYYC are trying to raise funds to help humans & pets this Christmas & beyond.

The amount of people needing a helping hand especially since the start of the #COVID19AB & #COVID19 pandemic has risen as each day goes by.
Earlier this year we began planning this raffle in hopes of being able to garner enough success out of this raffle to sustain both organizations for a month or more.

But we need #Calgary’s #Help. We #need #Canada’s #Help. We need #Alberta’s #Help.
We can’t afford to lose another pet or lose another life to #DomesticViolence, #Mentalhealth, #Homelessness, or anything else for that matter.
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**Help IS Desperately NEEDED** **Emergency HELP**

This is very hard for us to write. But we feel we have no other choice due to us seeing the massive amount of requests that we are getting daily for both Humans and Pets.

Here is what has happened as of late:
This past weekend alone, we had over 30 emergency requests from individuals & families fleeing domestic violence. Many leaving with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

We were able to help about 17 of these individuals find shelter and lodging via referrals to other groups.
The other 13 individuals are being helped by our awesome volunteers. We are tracking down emergency funding and helping them apply for help through various organizations here in #Calgary.

We will be assisting them and their families in hopes of helping them feel safe once again.
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***Emergency Help Needed*** ***5 AISH Clients***

We need your help. When people contact us they have already exhausted each and every possible option for assistance and they NEED HELP NOW!

I have been given permission to share some info from the AISH Clients asking us for #Help
I have had 5 calls just this afternoon/evening from AISH clients who did not receive #AISH & have been frantically get ahold of their respective workers or even get a return phone call from the intake worker on call. #Help

Here are their stories: #YYC #CalgaryCares #Alberta
Client 1: Elderly gentleman with a walker and mobility issues. Is unable to go to the foodbank or travel due to medical issues. Has special dietary needs but AISH has cut off some of his benefits. NEEDS A SMALL FOOD HAMPER

#FeedYYC #FoodSecurity #FoodHelp #Alberta #Abpoli #Ableg
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I spent the morning on live tv with @global_leslie. But then I spent the afternoon trying to sort out a domestic situation.
A young family was affected Harvest Hills Cares Calgary is assisting this parent and three children with temporary accommodations

If anyone would like 2 help, please contact Jen @ 403-608-7224

If you can help by donating we accept etransfers:

HarvestHillsCaresCalgary@Gmail.Com
Since this morning when we were on @GlobalCalgary with @global_leslie we have had over 83 requests come in for assistance.

We can’t do it alone. We need your help. Please Donate. We need help!

@Hell_Berta @GBrarNDP @jannarden @JoeMcFarland @paul_yyc @CherylCourt @burnaby1953
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**Evening Update**

We were able to fill an additional 2 hampers on our list. We only have 4 hampers left to fill!

If we can raise funds to deliver the hampers tonight or first thing in the morning, we will be able to give everyone currently on our list a #thanksgivingCanada
We accept etransfers:

HarvestHillsCaresCalgary@Gmail.Com

Our other donation info is in our Twitter Profile Bio.

We need $1155.00 to fill the last 4 hampers that are on our list.

If you can #Help that would be awesome!
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***Daily Update*** ***Emergency Help Needed***

I have been sitting here at my computer here for the past half hour deciding whether or not I wanted to post about what me and a few members of my team experienced today.
I was out shopping for our food hampers, when my phone rang.

Before I go on....I want to make it clear that Harvest Hills Cares Calgary's Phone will always be answered. The only time it won't be is if we are in a meeting or driving.
I answered the phone...It was a mom of 4 that was told by her worker to come down to the AB Works office to turn in her 90 days of bank statements...& that if she didn't bring them down by the end of the day she would not get her check until Tuesday of next week.
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Today was a long and busy day.

16 Food hampers went out and were delivered! Just drained and frustrated as yet another mom was on my mind all day today.

Racism and bullying was on my mind today too. There were times when I pulled over after a delivery and just cried. ImageImage
My emotions were all over the place. I went through the gamut of feelings but most of all I was angry.

Now I understand that government agencies have mandates to work under. However they also have discretion and emergency funding to help people.
Over the last few days I’ve gotten calls at all hours of the day/night from people feeling dejected 😔 depressed and hopeless.

What spurs me on....what keeps me and my team going is helping. Helping others. Even if it is only something simple as listening.
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Can someone help? I dont want to see someone be separated from their animal like Mark & Jaxx are facing

Lets raise the amount of $795.00 so they dont get evicted on Friday They only have to last 7-10 more days before they are able to access housing due to being on a wait list 🙏
@HarvestHillsYYC

Etransfer: HarvestHillsCaresCalgary@Gmail.Com

PayPal info can be found in their profile bio on Twitter and on their website

HarvestHillsCaresCalgary.Ca
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Someone messaged us and asked us what the total would be to help everyone that is currently on our list.

To help everyone on our list we would need a total amount of $2435.00

That amount would let us fill all 23 hamper requests.
If anyone could help us reach that total, we could then put the minds of 23 families at ease because then they would not have to worry about having to feed their families. Having to feed their children. Having to go without eating just so they can make the food they do have last
You can help by donating to us or any other organization that feeds Calgarians in need.

If you would like to donate to us you can send an etransfer to:

HarvestHillsCaresCalgary@Gmail.Com

You can also check us out on Facebook and our website at:

HarvestHillsCaresCalgary.Ca
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Late last night we had someone phone us at 11:45pm. It was from a mom of 4 who herself had not eaten nothing 3 days just so she could make the food she did have last for her children.
This mom had gone to the food bank and gone to the brown bagging for kids as well has utilized the free meals that are handed out throughout the city.

This is a mom who has tried EVERYTHING to find a job and get help from different organizations and the government.
She went to Alberta Works and was told she had to go after the dad for child support before they could help her. They gave her papers on how to contact maintenance enforcement and how to go to court for child support. That’s great but that doesn’t help her now....
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If anyone can help, we would be very grateful. We are seeing even more of an increase in requests due to CERB ending and transitioning over to EI. (Which many do not qualify for, yet we hope help in any form arrives soon)
If you are in need, please head over to our website: HarvestHillsCaresCalgary.Ca and click on the contact us now button.
If you can please consider donating we accept Etransfers and PayPal at the moment but will have more options in the near future.

Etransfer: HarvestHillsCaresCalgary@Gmail.Com

PayPal:
PayPal.Me/HarvestHillsCa… Image
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We have four hampers that we currently need help with. If you would like to help any of these following individuals/families/seniors directly please DM us! 1/?
Hamper 1: (Family of three. Two adults and one child. They also have two pets. One cat and one dog.)

This family is in need of a small to medium hamper. Their list of immediate needs total $265.00. Their list of wants total $170.00. 2/?
This family is also looking for help with a gently used washer and dryer. This is a blended family that is also looking to meet new people that live in the north east area, specifically the Whitehorn area. If you would like more info please DM. 3/?
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To give everyone an idea of just what we do here at Harvest Hills Cares Calgary......We would like to invite anyone and everyone to join us on a food hamper delivery.

We are always looking for volunteers!
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So if you would like to join us, please head on over to our website and click on the contact us button.

However as of late we've seen an increase of requests for food hampers and individuals asking us for assistance with other things such as Utilities, Rent, and Medication.
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We have done a little bit of everything to help the people who are struggling, the disadvantaged as well as single families and seniors too.

To give everyone an idea of our hamper program, here is the run down.
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Good News: The Young Mom is safe and sound.

Even Better News: The powered wheelchair is being delivered NEXT WEEK to the young woman who is a double amputee and has been waiting for a chair from the @YourAlberta & @RajanJSaw office... for an extremely long time.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who have made all this happen. To the @HarvestHillsYYC team of volunteers, @GrannyGTArp and @EveryAlbertan and also @paul_yyc as well! Without all these awesome people...doing what they do...all of this may not have happened! 😊 So thank you!
On another note, I don’t like begging 🥺 but in this case I am. If you can help...please do as all the team @HarvestHillsYYC is looking for is $475.00.

This is for two medium families. If you can donate I am sure ANY AMOUNT is and would be welcome.
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Just once I wish we had enough to help everyone on our lists....just once.

It’s not always about money but sometimes it’s about quality of life and making people smile and helping people...taking away their worries if only for a little while. A helping them with what they need.
If you can help, please DM we have a requests big and small. We have requests for something as simple as bedding for a child to as big as help with utility cut offs and evictions.
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If there is anyone that could help us with a few food hampers we have a list of 26 individuals/families/seniors that are in need

If you can help, please consider donating via PayPal or etransfer.

Etransfer:
HarvestHillsCaresCalgary@Gmail.Com

PayPal:
PayPal.Me/HarvestHillsCa…
If you can’t donate please retweet and share!
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*⚠️Thread Warning: Long Thread⚠️*

Speaking bluntly here: We have seen an dramatic increase in requests for help/assistance due to:
1.) CERB ending and “Transitioning” individuals over to EI. Only problem is many Albertans will not qualify.

With CERB ending and many of the 4million plus people not being able to qualify for EI, we will see a lot of problems happening for Albertans.
2.) With the recent changes to AISH and Alberta Works, many are left feeling bewildered and scared.

Many have had their peace of mind taken from them by having things like aides to daily living & medications that were once covered, but aren’t covered anymore just to name a few
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