One Little Tweet Can Make a Big Difference

Last Sunday, while walking in the neighbourhood of New Toronto, I came across a sign. Flowers were stolen from a children's garden at Second Street Junior Middle School. I took this photo of the sign.


I also sent out this tweet.

The next day, I heard from a reporter at CTV Toronto. He wanted more details and thought this would make a good news story. They sent over a camera crew and aired this story on the 6pm news on Monday.

Students in Etobicoke were angry to find that flowers from their school garden have been stolen.

As part of a “green project,” parents and students planned to maintain a garden of flowers, fruits and vegetables at Second Street Junior Middle School throughout the summer.

But when students went to water the plants, they were gone.

“I’m very, very upset. Give them back right now,” one young student said. The students raised $500 to create the garden.

According to parents, the most expensive flowers in the garden were targeted by the thieves. 

“I was really upset that someone would come steal from a children’s garden,” one parent said. 

A sign was put up after the theft, calling out the thieves and asking for the flowers to be returned. 

The fruits and vegetables that grow in the garden are destined for a nearby food bank.

I was then contacted by Robin Evans Clarke who saw my tweet and wanted to donate money to the flowers fund. I passed on the contact info I had for one of the parents helping out with this project. That's when she started an Indiegogo campaign.

In less than a day, with a little help from Reddit, she raised her target of $500.

It's awesome watching the community step up like this, turning lemons into lemonade. And to think it all started with a little tweet...

Update: July 18, 2015


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4x4 Time

Good Karma to you man....

July 16, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

James Edgar

Good Job Mike.

Stealing flowers is definitely hitting a new low.

July 16, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

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All I did was raise a little awareness. Others took the ball and raised the funds to buy these kids new flowers.

July 16, 2015 @ 4:06 PM


I saw the story on the news & felt so sorry for everyone. This is as bad a somebody stealing money from Salvation Army box during their XMAS campaign.

Good on you Mike spreading awareness on this story. A good conclusion.

July 16, 2015 @ 6:32 PM


Mike: It's nice of you to raise awareness of this story but even on a slow news day in the middle of summer, this story has no business being on the 6:00 news.

July 16, 2015 @ 9:04 PM

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The other day I tweeted a picture of homophobic graffiti I saw along a biking trail and it ended up on the Global news site.

The bar for news content isn't particularly high these days.

July 16, 2015 @ 9:17 PM


I think it is nice when a story like this ends up also being a story about the kindness of strangers. We need more news stories that are not all about doom and gloom. Good job for doing your part, Mike!

July 17, 2015 @ 7:56 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Here's a nice update:

.@torontomike Goal of $500 reached OVERNIGHT! Thanks for everything! Here's a new sign the kids made today - AMAZING!

— Robyn Evans Clarke (@oiseauloco) July 16, 2015
July 17, 2015 @ 8:38 AM

Teena in Toronto

Good for you! It was in today's "Toronto Star".

July 17, 2015 @ 10:35 AM


this is a great story!

July 17, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

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