And people didn’t just volunteer their time and legs—they also brought all kinds of free things, including milk and eggs. We knew some residents would not be able to quickly or easily replenish the food they had lost, so we ensured they would have a decent supply to last through the power outage. (We also helped some seniors figure out what food they could keep, and what needed to be thrown out.)
Many volunteers even brought their children to help—in fact, we were especially touched when one volunteer said bringing her kids was one of the best things they’d ever done together. One of her kids even received an award at school for their contribution!
Meanwhile, our group of volunteers was just one team that was there to help; so many people were willing to pitch in, whether they were neighbours or residents themselves.
All in all, it truly was a wonderful community effort. And somehow, our group of 100+ women were able to pull together and coordinate things, despite not having a plan in place.
At last count, we estimate we helped approximately 1,000 seniors in need.
Help us help seniors
We certainly hope a disaster/emergency like this is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
That said, it is important that a volunteer network exists, so it’s easier to coordinate efforts should there be a “next time.”
If you’d like to be part of our group and lend a hand in people’s time of need, please join our page!
Tea & Toast is in the local Ottawa community all the time—and helping seniors is always at the forefront of our mind. We are so happy to have played even a small role in helping our community after the tornado.
Cover Photo Taken from the Ottawa Citizen: Link Here