After unprecedented devastation from tornadoes in Ottawa and its surrounding neighbourhoods on the afternoon of Friday September 21st, 2018 community organizations and businesses including The Salvation Army came together to support those in need.
With damaged and destroyed homes as well as mass power outages around the city, hot meals, hot showers and community gatherings provided some relief during the recovery work.
The Salvation Army and many local businesses, organizations, churches and municipal and provincial government representatives came together and opened community centres and mobile canteens to provide meals and services to those in need.
The Salvation Army served hot meals from their canteen vehicles in Larkin Park in Barrhaven, and at Manordale Park on Knoxdale Road over the weekend. Staff and volunteers were also providing meals and snacks at the Gouldbourn Recreation Centre and West Carleton High School where reception centres were set up.
Food was provided by businesses such as Loblaws, Independent Grocery, FreshCo, Costco, Abby Hill Farms, COBS Bread, Pizza Pizza and Shoppers Drug Mart. Support and food also came from the Ottawa Food Bank, Sequoia Community Church, The West Barrhaven Community Association and The Manordale Woodvale Community Association.
“After the storm we gathered up our BBQs and tents and started getting ready to serve some meals,” said Salvation Army Major Jim Mercer. “Everyone gathered at the community centre and worked together. We’re just so happy to be a part of that.”
It was all hands on deck as people gathered to prepare food, unload vans, and set up tables.
At Manordale Park people shared stories of homes being heavily damaged and neighbours helping each other to clear debris from their yards, streets and homes.
“As part of the faith community this is the kind of thing that churches do well, so whatever we can do to help people and other organizations provide relief were here to offer that,” said Mercer.
To help those affected by the tornadoes please donate to The Salvation Army at www.salvationarmy.ca/donate
In addition to providing meals we will be supporting individuals and families with vouchers for our thrift store for clothing, furniture and household items.
If you would like to make in kind donations please donate to one of our 8 thrift stores around the city. Please visit www.thriftstore.ca or call 613-247-1435 for furniture pick up.