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!

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Thank you to all our participants, sponsors and volunteers who helped us make the 2019 Salvation Army Annual Charity Golf Classic a great success! You are helping to support The Emergency and Disaster Services program and helping us send more children to The Salvation Army summer camps. 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.

Thank you for another fun golf event.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Hope In The City - Leadership Lunch

Location: Shaw Centre

Date: November 20th, 2019

Hope in the City, the official kick off to The Salvation Army’s Christmas fundraising season, raises funds to support critical programs and services in our community and beyond.  It brings together local business leaders, donors, friends, political decision makers, and influential community members to celebrate the achievements of the past year and highlights the impacts made possible with the help and compassion of our donors and partners in the Ottawa area.

Featuring speaker: Jeremiah Brown, Olympic silver medalist, world record breaker, bestselling author, former athlete wellness and transition leader at the Canadian Olympic Committee, and keynote speaker on a mission to share teamwork, resilience, and leadership lessons, and inspire people to re-think what is possible for themselves and their organizations in just a few years.

To book your table please visit Hope in the City Ottawa

Early Bird pricing ends September 31st, 2019!

For more information, please contact Heather Prystanski, at 613-233-8428 x 221 or email

Salvation Army Hope in the City photo of the whole room at Shaw Centre 2016

Thank you to our Media Sponsor!


Location: Lansdowne Park

Thank you for your generous support of the 2018 Santa Shuffle! We had so much fun at this year’s event!  The weather was perfect and the costumes this year so very creative!  We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Santa Shuffle participants crossing the finish line and getting a medal.
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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.


Presented by Kelly Funeral Homes by Arbor Memorial

Location: Meridian Centrepointe Theatre

Date: December 8th, 2019 3pm and 7 pm shows

Get into the Christmas Spirit with The Salvation Army’s Festival of Carols, presented by Kelly Funeral Homes by Arbor Memorial, at Meridian Centrepointe Theatre. Come and enjoy your favourite Christmas carols with the sounds of band and choir as a way to thank you for supporting our programs throughout the year. With your donations The Salvation Army continues to put food, warmth and dignity within reach for vulnerable families in the community.

Tickets are free each holiday season in November by contacting  Meridian Centrepointe Theatre or call 613-580-2700.

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 17,000 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.

Toys are picked up during the holiday season at several other locations around the city including St. Laurent Centre, Carlingwood Shopping Centre, TD Banks and other community and corporate fundraiser locations.

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