Archive for November, 2009

#yyj Twitter #fooddrive

November 27, 2009

Next Saturday December 5th from 10am – 4pm we are calling on the power of the local Victoria BC #yyj Twitter community to fill the coffers for the region’s food banks.

After Twestival Victoria, several local twitterers were wondering what we could do for a charity event in Victoria leading up to the Christmas holiday season. The challenge – most of us are already busy people with businesses, families and other volunteer commitments.

Then, an article appeared in the Times Colonist, referencing the fact that monthly visits to the Mustard Seed Food Bank had increased by 44% in one year (from 5000 to 7200).  We had our idea!

A brief tweet for help, and to gauge interest, was sent out in October. Several businesses agreed to serve as drop off locations, more than we can actually accommodate this year (with our apologies!).

Thanks to Megan from Fibre Options, 577 Johnson Street, Scott and Kazuo from Rocky Mountain Soap in Mayfair Mall, and Jamtots, 748 Goldstream Avenue for their assistance with the #yyj Twitter #fooddrive.

We are accepting donations of food, basic toiletries and cash (which actually buys $3 worth of food for every $ donated).  Please be as generous as you are able. The need is indeed great this year.

If you are interested in helping, please contact:






or, the stores:




You can help too by tweeting and re-tweeting – use ” #yyj Twitter #fooddrive”.

Imagine that in Edmonton (#yeg ) they had a diaper drive for young mothers that brought in over 12,000 diapers in 72 hours – all using social media.

What would be a good goal for our inaugural #yyj Twitter #fooddrive? Your comments and feedback are appreciated.


Sweetening the pot for @Cabin12Victoria.

November 20, 2009

@Cabin12Victoria is an amazing story. The owner Corey Judd raised the capital to start his restaurant from a Facebook group.

Cabin 12 is home to our morning #victoriatweetup. We’ve enjoyed the casual atmosphere and honest home cooked food on many occasions.

Now, they need our help. Operating funds have dried up – not surprising for a newer restaurant in November in Victoria BC. Corey is staging a fundraiser on Saturday November 21st from 10am to midnight to raise operating funds.

He’s got a good handle on his Facebook promotion but could use a hand with Twitter. This is where we come in.

I will personally deliver one dozen of my hand crafted French truffles to you for every $50 donation made. Sure, it’s a bribe, but the amazing community of Cabin 12 is worth it.

I’ll be @Cabin12Victoria 607 Pandora Avenue from 10am to noon tomorrow Saturday November 21st. If you would like to make a donation please @reply me. You can deliver the donation (and receive a certificate good for one dozen truffles) or I will pick it up if getting downtown on Saturday is not possible.

My goal is a minimum of $500 but do you think we could raise $1000??

Please retweet this message widely. I admire the resiliency and spunk that Corey and his team display.