Thanks to the community’s generosity, $606,166 was raised to support those in need through community programs and services.
Ottawa, January 6, 2020 – With the tremendous support of donors and volunteers, The Salvation Army in Ottawa has raised $606,166.22 through the Christmas Kettle Campaign, surpassing its annual goal of $550,000.
“In the final days of the campaign, we were seeing record setting donation days,” said Glenn van Gulik, “The Salvation Army will be able to help individuals and families in our community who are really struggling, and we are deeply grateful for these gifts from this generous community.”
Funds from the Christmas Kettle Campaign support programs that assist the homeless, after school programs for children including sports and music, sending children to summer camps, programs for young parents and seniors, and provides emergency food, clothing and household items to families at Christmas and all year long.
The funds also support The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program, which provides 24/7 deployment of food, water, clothing, and emotional and spiritual care for displaced individuals and families as a result of disasters and emergencies, as well as supporting emergency services personnel while responding to a disaster.
Some of the ways these funds will be making an impact:
- The Salvation Army in Ottawa serves 80 to 90 new families each month in need of clothing.
- The Salvation Army in Ottawa serves over 600 people each month seeking emergency food assistance.
- The Salvation Army in Ottawa visits 27 senior residences and long-term care homes each month.
- The Salvation Army sends 4,000 children from across Ontario to summer camps every summer.
- The Salvation Army’s Ottawa Emergency Disaster Services Canteen trucks respond to over 100 calls each year related to fires and disasters.
- In the 2019 Spring Flood, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services served over 20,000 meals.