The Salvation Army joined in the fun over the weekend at the Help Santa Toy Parade and Barrhaven Santa Claus parade which saw thousands of people come out to take in the music, decorations, costumes and festive atmosphere.
The sounds of The Salvation Army Brass Band could be heard playing everyone’s favourite Christmas music along the route. Mascot Shieldy waved to the crowd, danced and brought smiles to adults and children alike!
The Salvation Army iconic red Christmas Kettle on the float marked the beginning of the Christmas Kettle Campaign that runs through Christmas Eve. The campaign provides basic necessities to those in need in times of crises, funds critical programs for families and supports Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services supporting victims of fires and disasters as well as first responders.
The Salvation Army is so grateful to the public and The Ottawa Firefighters for collecting thousands of new toys for Toy Mountain this weekend! The cart was filled with toys for children in need.
Over the weekend The Salvation Army also welcomed the Christmas Season in the Barrhaven Santa Clause Parade held on Sunday evening. Salvation Army Mascot Shieldy walked along next to the float giving high fives to children! The night time parade lit up Strandheard Drive which was lined with families waving to participants on the colourfuly decorated floats, marching bands, entertainers and mascots! Of course the highlight of both parades was Santa Claus who waved to the children as he and his reindeer rode past.
Special thank you to Gervais Towing, Stittsville Trailers and Auto Sale and Fallowfield Tree Farm for supporting The Salvation Army’s parade float.