Earlier today we were in downtown #yyc handing out water & gatorade and fruit, when we decided to stop & have a break by the Cat Cafe...when we came upon a senior lady rummaging through the city's garbage bins.

#Yyccc #Calgary #Alberta #Canada #SeniorLiving #seniorcare #Seniors
We thought she was looking for bottles to turn in for money but we were wrong. She was looking for both bottles & she was also taking food out of the bins & putting it in her cart.

As soon as we saw that we went over to offer her our help.

#Help #Community #Compassion #BeKind
We went over, asked if we could get her a cold drink & a snack & asked her if she'd like to join us on our break.

She accepted. We went into the coffee shop across from the Cat Cafe (Forgot Name), grabbed some drinks & snacks and sat down in the shade across the street. #Hope
We are angry/mad & frustrated to see seniors, people that are responsible for us being here are being treated the way they are.

She said she lives in an apartment for seniors here in #DowntownCalgary She is on a fixed income/pension that barely covers her rent/food & meds. #YYC
She went on to say that she walks the streets during the day looking for bottles & people to offer change because she struggles to make ends meet at the end of the month.

So that is why we saw her taking food/bottles out of the bins.

#abhealth #yyccc #yyclife #CalgaryLiving
She is ashamed to have to do that but she decided to start early this month so she would have enough to eat & pay for issues if any come up.

She also collects bottles/food for others in her building that don't get out as much as she.

#CareIsEssential #community #compassion #yyc
She asked us what we were doing here in downtown Calgary when it is so hot out. We said we were out handing water/snacks & fruit to anyone who needed it without asking anything in return.
#truth #yyc #yyccc #yycliving #yycnow #yyclocal #calgary #calgarylife #calgaryalberta #YEG
We then told her that we would love to help her with a food hamper as well as offer our help to anyone else in her building.

She said she knew of a gentleman that is in worse need than she is. She said he was surviving on eating cornflakes and plain noodles.

#calgaryevents #yyc
She said she would love it if we could help him before we helped her...when we said "How about we help both of you and as many others as we can in your building too?"

She looked at us with tears in her eyes and said really? You'd do that for us?

We said "Yes, Why Wouldn't we?"
She started to cry.(😊We really need to pack kleenex with us😊) She said thank you a million times.

We decided to end our afternoon, head to her apartment so she could introduce us to the gentleman.

#donate #raiseawareness #Love #charity #help #EmergencyHelp #Emergency #Yeg
We got to her building, she went in and introduced us to Gerry.

All of us went and sat down on a bench by the entrance and we chatted about what the needs of everyone living there were, what was most needed, and what other help we could offer everyone in the building.

For the next 2 hours, we sat & listened to every struggle they went through every month for the last 2 years. Just to simply SURVIVE!

We listened to them list their problems they had while just surviving on their old age pension.

They all said that Pension Poverty is real! #YYC
A few people stopped by and asked what we were doing, so we told them and we soon had a group of 6 seniors that had no qualms about telling us just how bleak some of their lives were.

#Giveback #Poverty #TimeToHelp #Humanity #Food #Help #Aid #Donate #Hope #Community #EndHunger
Many of the seniors living there face harsh choices between paying rent and eating, or they are forced to work or beg for money just to be able to make ends meet every month.

#SocialGood #Funding #Fundraiser #TeamWork #Volunteering #Events #thursdayvibes #ThursdaySoLoveMG #love
We took down everyone's information & told them that we are committed to helping them by at the very least providing everyone there with a food hamper that they know included items they could eat & not have to throw out.

Everyone was glad that we stopped to help *Miss V* out!
So this is what we need everyone's help with.

We would like to do a food donation drive for specific items that have been requested by these seniors.

We also need funds so we're able to purchase items they requested as well as fill some medication prescriptions too. #calgary
Please DM us for more information or if you would like to volunteer for this specific item food donation drive.

Our donation info is as follows:







#Help #Seniors
A list of specific items will be posted in a comment on this twitter thread

If you can #Share, #Retweet or #Tag a friend or business please do!

@Crackmacs @CaptCanuck6 @Jodie11649884 @IAmJodiHughes @CTVNews @CTVCRoebuck @CTVCalgary @ABdoc4patients @RileyinAlberta @von_elizabeth
Here are a list of some of the problems that seniors here in Calgary face daily:

1.) Senior women, single seniors, and ethnic minorities struggle the most. It's especially hard if you live far away from family & have been isolated from your friends because of the pandemic. #yyc
2.) Pensioner Poverty is real...and that's wrong! Failing support systems, underlying trends in rent and housing and pensions....just means that the poverty level for seniors is just going to continue to rise even higher as the pandemic rages forward.

#Calgary #Alberta #Canada
3.) In this building alone, the group we sat with figured that one out of every five seniors that live here are either at the poverty line, below the poverty line or are struggling in silence because they feel ashamed.

#Poverty #PovertyLine #RentRelief #FoodSecurity #Community
We here @HarvestHillsYYC believe that everyone should have a dignified life. With so many seniors here in #Calgary living just barely above the poverty line, below the poverty line, or are struggling in silence for fear of being ridiculed.

#Compassion #StickTogether #Humanity
This isn't the kind of society we want! We need to take care of everyone! As we live longer lives, there needs to be targeted action taken to reduce poverty among not only seniors, but among every facet of society! NO MATTER THE DEMOGRAPHIC!

Because in the end we are all HUMAN!
Items needed:

-Easy to prepare meals
-Kraft Dinner
-Ichiban noodle cups
-Canned Soup
-Canned Vegetables
-Olive Oil
-Grocery Store Gift Cards (To Purchase Fresh Fruit & Vegetables)

Please DM if you can help with these items and we will arrange pick up or drop off.

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More from @HarvestHillsYYC

24 Jul
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”.
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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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