The Salvation Army officially kicked off their Christmas fundraising season at the Hope in the City Leadership Lunch at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. The Salvation Army is also celebrating the support and compassion of our donors and partners in the Ottawa area all year long.
Salvation Army staff and community leaders including Mayor Jim Watson came together to thank this generous community and speak about the needs that continue to exist in the city.
This year’s guest speaker Chef Jay Barnard, also known as Chef Recovery, shared his inspirational story of hope and transformation. Once a struggling addict, Jay changed his life after receiving help from The Salvation Army. Now, a successful Executive Chef and business owner, Jay is celebrating over 10 years of sobriety. He now speaks to others about his story in the hope that he can support them on their path to recovery.
The luncheon also saw the launch of the Christmas Kettle Campaign with a ceremonial first donation in the kettle. The goal is to raise $550,000 in this year’s campaign to support over 20,000 people who are supported by The Salvation Army’s programs and services every year.
Donations can be made in person at a kettle with cash or cheque or online at FillTheKettle.com
The Salvation Army is also looking for Christmas Kettle volunteers. To volunteer as a Christmas Kettle attendant sign up at www.salvationarmyottawa.ca/kettles or call 613-241-1573 x 332.