This morning we saw something we will NEVER forget.

We were at the #Walmart in Southeast #Calgary. We were shopping for some groceries when my stepson saw someone take a package of meat and put it under their shirt and then slowly walk over to their cart. #Food #Hungry #Alberta
This person had very few things in their cart. My stepson knows what I do here at @HarvestHillsYYC & he asked if we could help them.

I said yes we could but that this person would feel ganged up on if we all walked over to them, so I told him to stay here and that I’d walk over.
I walked over to where they had their cart and said “I know what it is like to struggle. I would love it if you’d let me help you and I’d like to pay for your groceries.”

This person looked up at me and said “did you see me take the meat?” I said “yes I did. I’d like to help”.
They took the package of meat out from under their shirt and also took a few other items out of their pockets once they realized I wasn’t lying and said I would pay for their groceries and anything they needed.

#yyc #Calgary #Alberta #Canada #Hungry #FeedTheHungry #YYCcc #YEG
My stepson and daughter then came over with our cart and my daughter asked if she could push their cart while they put what they needed into it.

So we walked around the entire store and filled their cart full of items they needed. *including some special yummy goodies too!* #yyc
We got to the till, paid & gave them some reusable grocery bags to use from @ufcw401.

We asked them if they lived far away, they said yes but they could easily push the cart home.

We wouldn’t accept that so we called a cab.

#FoodBank #FoodInsecurity #Crisis #Theft #Stealing
While we were waiting for the can you arrive we sat down with them in the shade under a tree and talked. They asked us about what HHCC was about and we asked them a few things as well.

They shared with us that they lived alone and that their family had all moved away from #Yyc
They said that they lived a pretty lonely & isolated life. But given the past few years of this whole covid thing it was probably for the best.

They said that they had problems being able to afford food & medication let alone any luxury items (they referred to meat as a luxury)
The cab arrived & We gave them our information & card & told them that if they needed anything or it got to the point of today…to contact us & we would #help.

They left knowing they had enough groceries to last a really long time!

#Shopping #Groceries #activism #BeKind #Hope
We headed back inside to finish our grocery shopping. After we went thru the till & paid for our groceries, we got stopped by a security person.

They said they had been following that person & they were going to step in but we saved them from being arrested. #Help #Hope #YYC
They said thank you because they really did not want to have to arrest an elderly person for stealing food to eat.

They also said it must be so hard for people to be this desperate. To struggle this hard. To get to the point where they feel like they have to steal food to eat.
The reason we didn’t mention above that this individual was a senior right away was because this could be any one of us.

Given today’s economic turmoil and the many struggles that everyone is going through…we try to help as many as we can but we are a very small organization.
Right now we have four seniors, two families and one single gentleman that are needing food hampers.

If you #everyone could get #together and donate towards filling these hamper requests we would absolutely appreciate and love it! 😊 #help #PayItForward #HelpingHands #HelpOthers
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These Hampers are the last on our list! After working hard for the past month, we have finally gotten to the end of our wait list!

#truth #yyc #yyccc #yycliving #yycnow #yyclocal #calgary #calgarylife #calgaryalberta #calgaryevents #calgarycanada #donate #raiseawareness #Love

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More from @HarvestHillsYYC

18 Jul
We have a serious emergency.

Late this afternoon we were contacted by a senior named “Helen”. She only had one meal left in her kitchen.

She called us for help and we are helping.

We will be using the last of our available funds to get her some much needed groceries. #YYC #YEG
We will hopefully be giving her enough groceries for an entire month so she doesn’t have to worry about having to choose between medications/food, food/electricity, food/rent.

Too many #Calgarians are being ignored and forgotten. Too many #Calgarians are afraid to ask for #help.
We need help. If anyone can help with a donation towards her food hamper, we will be here for about 2 more hours because we are shopping for four seniors tonight.

You can help by donating by any of the options ⬇️ #Donate #community #donations #DisabilityTwitter #BeKind #Alberta
Read 19 tweets
25 May
🚨Emergency Help Needed ASAP🚨

Meet Troy MacDonald he is a houseless gentleman who was asking for help at the Tim Horton’s on Country Hills.

He was standing in the rain shivering with nothing but a mask and a thin jacket standing next to a bike.
My volunteer (D) and went through the drive thru and offered our help.

We asked what he needed and he broke down and asked us for a tent and a coffee.

We said “how about we do you one better? How about we help you get out of the rain and into the hotel for a week?”
Troy said really? I’d appreciate that!

So we loaded up his bike and we are currently on our way to the travellers inn in NW #Calgary to put Troy in a room for a week.
Read 7 tweets
22 May
😳🆘We need help!🆘😳

We need to raise $870.00 by Monday afternoon or we will not be able to fill the last four requests we have on our list!

Two requests are for seniors and one is for a single mom and one is for a single parent who has left an abusive marriage and needs help! ImageImage
If you can help…we are at the point of begging. Our volunteers are out in full force today! So if you see any of us out and about come say 👋 Hello 👋

We have 4 hampers left to fill so please help us!! We do not want to have to turn these families away!!

@HarvestHillsYYC needs help.

PLEASE consider donating via Etransfer, PayPal or GoFundMe.


PayPal/Credit Cards:

Our GoFundMe:

@GrannyGTArp @JyotiGondek @gurbirward3 @TheBeaverton
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11 May
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...
Read 15 tweets
9 May
If there is anyone that could help fill two serious requests. One is for a single father fleeing family domestic violence & the other is for a single senior needing help with medication that she can’t afford.

To fill these two requests and the two from last night we need $980.00
Dm us for more information.

The single father needs $380.00 for rent.

The single senior needs $476.00 for her meds that aren’t covered.

#Alberta #Calgary #Canada #Edmonton #Lethbridge #Abgov #COVID19 #CalgaryStrong #CanadaStrong #AlbertaStrong #PleaseHelp #Donate #AlbertaCares
The two requests from last night are for a single female that is taking care of her mom who is 70. She has NO food in their house.

We took her a few bags of food last night at 2:45am and left with a promise to bring a food hamper by Monday.

#help #COVIDSecondWave #BeKind #YYC
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