National Donut Day


Held annually on the first Friday of June, Donut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honour The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Donut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops returned home from war. The Salvation Army was on the frontlines of war and today we continue to be on the frontlines of poverty.

In Ottawa, The Salvation Army has partnered with Vets Canada and Maverick’s Donuts to celebrate National Donut Day.  The Salvation Army celebrated on June 7th, 2019 by handing out free Maverick’s mini donuts in Ottawa’s Byward Market with Vet’s Canada and Corus Radio stations Boom 99.7 FM and Jump 106.9 FM. The Salvation Army and Vets Canada also visited many of Ottawa’s legions to share our story, bring donuts and honour those who have served.  The team also visited many local media outlets dropping off donuts and sharing our history.

Thank you to everyone who helped us mark this special day!



August 24th, 2020

eQuinelle Golf Club 

All funds from this event will support The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services program in Ottawa as well as sending more children in need to Salvation Army summer camps. Your support makes a great impact! When you give to The Salvation Army, you are giving to your community. The assistance we provide is unconditional and available to all and would not be possible without the support of our community and friends like you.

We look forward to seeing you this August swinging clubs in support of The Salvation Army and helping people in need.

For more information please contact:

Heather Prystanski
Marketing & Events Coordinator

613-233-8428 ext. 221.

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We hope to be back next year!  Thank you for all your support!

Thank you to our Media Sponsor!



The Salvation Army and Running Room is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Santa Shuffle 5 Km Fun Run and 1 Km Elf walk. In order to keep our participants safe we have reimagined the 2020 Santa Shuffle to be a virtual race held from December 5th to Dec 12th. A virtual race is a race that can be ran or walked from any location you choose. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and at your own time. There are no restrictions. We encourage participants to complete the fun run/walk on their own in their community or with their team with physical distancing practices in place. Funds raised through the Santa Shuffle will support The Bethany Hope Centre programs and services for young families.

Santa Shuffle is an outdoor fun and family friendly active event.

Don’t forget to dress up in your favourite Christmas costumes for your run/walk and spread the joy and festivities of the season with your community!

We encourage everyone at the run to take photos of themselves and use hashtag #SantaShuffleOtt

Media sponsors Corus Boom 99.7 FM and Jump 106.9 are participating in this year’s race and encouraging our community to take part to support young families!

Raise $100 and get free registration before November 1st 2020

Register today at

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Location: Ottawa Grace Manor (1156 Wellington Street West)

Light Up the Grace is a community tradition and fundraiser at The Salvation Army’s Ottawa Grace Manor that has been celebrated for over 40 years. This is Grace Manor’s largest annual fundraiser with the monies raised helping us enhance the quality of life for residents. Grace Manor residents, their families and the community at large come to this annual tree lighting ceremony and enjoy the sounds of Christmas from The Salvation Army Brass Band along with a Community Carol Sing. All who attend also get a taste of the holidays with hot chocolate and treats, as well as a visit from a very special Christmas guest.


We hope to be back next year. Thank you for your continued support!

Salvation Army choir singing on stage at Festival of Carols
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November – December 24th

The Bell Media family works with The Salvation Army to distribute toys to over 24,000 less fortunate children in the Ottawa region every year, making Christmas brighter for children in our area.

Toys are generously donated by corporate partners and the public, and through events such as the Ottawa Firefighters Help Santa Toy Parade (which was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19).

Toys are picked up during the holiday season at several other locations around the city including St. Laurent Centre, Place d’Orleans Shopping Centre, and other community and corporate fundraiser locations.

For more information, please visit 

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