The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre men’s shelter has received a generous delivery of warm clothing from the Ottawa community.
Over 15 large industrial size garbage bags filled with hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, coats and new boots were donated through the Cracking Up The Capital World Record Snowman event held at TD Place in Ottawa on February 1st, 2015.
The comedy festival kick-off event that saw over 1,100 people gather to build 1,299 snowmen in an hour to break a new world record, brought funds and awareness to mental health charities and community groups in Ottawa. CBC’s Rick Mercer was live on site joining in all the fun and bringing a chuckle and a smile to participants and community leaders on site.
Cracking Up the Capital committee member and emcee Pablo Coffey came up with the idea to invite the public to donate the warm clothing used to decorate snowmen to The Salvation Army.
“What I like about The Salvation Army is that it’s family oriented and supports both children and adults through their various programs,” he said. “There are families here in Ottawa struggling after the loss of income and I’m glad that we had an opportunity to help.”
Brown’s Cleaners City Centre location offered up their services to help clean and dry all the donated clothing. “I believe in the work The Salvation Army does and I especially like their Outreach Services Program that supports the homeless,” said Brown’s Cleaners owner Brian McGregor.
“We are so grateful to this city for their generous donations, which will help those in need through the cold winter months,” said Sean Maddox, Salvation Army Ottawa Director of Public Relations and Development.
The Salvation Army was among the many community organizations who registered a team to help build snowmen and break the world record. Despite the 20 below temperature and powder like snow, the citizens of Ottawa came together for a fun event in support of their community.
“I was overwhelmed by the support! We were hoping for 400 participants and over 1,100 came out,” said Coffey. “And it’s amazing the amount of clothing left behind on the snowmen.”
“It was a historical day in regards to building snowmen,” said Maddox. “But I’ll remember it most as a day where this community came together in support of local initiatives.”