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.

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, October 14th, 2019!

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

Thank you to our Media Sponsor!


Location: Lansdowne Park

The Salvation Army and Running Room Santa Shuffle 5 Km Fun Run and 1 Km Elf Walk at Landsdowne Park will be held Saturday, December 7th, 2019 in support of local families through programs at The Bethany Hope Centre.

Get your team, family, friends or colleagues together, dress up in your favourite Christmas costumes and enjoy a fun filled day starting with a free breakfast and fun activities! Come out early and enjoy a free Oatmeal breakfast served up by Jack Astor’s Lansdowne! We will have music on site from Boom 99.7 & Jump! 106.9, face painting, and lots of family fun in the Horticulture Building from 9 -10 am.

NEW this year raise $100 and get free registration!

Online only before November 1st, 2019

Get your team or family together and register today at

Santa Shuffle participants crossing the finish line and getting a medal.
Christmas tree with lights. Zoomed in photo of lights


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.


Location: Meridian Centrepointe Theatre

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

Get into the Christmas Spirit with The Salvation Army’s Festival of Carols, 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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