Ottawa's 'Pizza Dad' receives worldwide support in Christmas campaign

Darren, a single dad of three young kids and a pizza chef at an Ottawa pizzeria, is receiving a little bit of boost this Christmas thanks to some strangers from around the globe.

See Full Article

His co-worker Joshua Barbour recently launched an online fundraising campaign for Darren, whom he affectionately nicknamed "Pizza Dad," to help give his children a Christmas to remember.

"We were working late…and we got to talk about kids," Joshua Barbour told CTV Ottawa.

Darren takes care of his children, ages 3, 2 and 11 months old, largely on his own, except for some help from his parents when he works late shifts.

Barbour says Darren was worried about making ends meet this month, so he decided to share "Pizza Dad's" story with the world.

"EVERYTHING he makes goes back to his kids to provide for them," Barbour wrote on Imgur. Being a pizza cook is not lucrative as you can imagine. But he works hard, and provides for his family."

Barbour said Darren’s story "hit home."

"He never complains and when he told me his story. It wasn't about being sad. He's happy with what he has and doesn't look for sympathy," Barbour wrote online.

Barbour launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier this week with a $2,000 goal to help Darren pay for rent, groceries and bills for the month.

He also asked individuals in the Ottawa area for toy and gift card donations for Darren's children.

In the two days since launching the campaign, more than $5,000 has been raised, with donations coming in from as far away as Chile, Australia and Japan.

Darren, meanwhile, was unaware of the fundraiser until Tuesday, when Barbour delivered the news that left him speechless.

"I couldn't take it all in at that point," Darren said. "I am not a hugging kind of person, but I gave (Barbour) a big hug.”

He said a portion of the money will be donated to The Snowsuit Fund, which raises money for snowsuits for children in need, and the rest will go towards ensuring his children have a great Christmas.

"Like the ones I used to have when I was a kid," he said.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Quebec party leaders head to Gatineau to survey tornado-damaged areas

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL -- Quebec's political party leaders set their political differences aside on Saturday as they headed to Gatineau to survey the damage from a tornado that ripped through homes and sent several people to hospital on Friday night. Source
  • Tornado among top 'traumatic events' in Ottawa's history, will take days to restore power, mayor says

    Canada News CBC News
    About 150,000 Hydro Ottawa customers alone remain without power after a twister ripped through the area Friday — and the mayor warns it could take "days" to restore service to those affected by the storm. Speaking to reporters Saturday, Jim Watson said the tornado has plunged large swaths of the city into darkness after the Hydro One-owned Merivale substation was badly damaged by high winds, disconnecting parts of the city from the provincial grid. Source
  • Child drowns after boat with Syrians capsizes off of Lebanon

    World News CTV News
    BEIRUT -- Lebanon's army says a child has drowned after a boat carrying 39 migrants hoping to get to Europe capsized off the northern Lebanese coast. The army says Saturday all other passengers were rescued off the coast of Akkar. Source
  • $154M plan with federal government step toward self-government for Métis: Manitoba Metis Federation

    Canada News CBC News
    A plan that includes $154 million in federal government funding for the Manitoba Metis Federation is just the beginning of a transformational process advancing reconciliation between Canada and the Métis people, MMF president David Chartrand says. Source
  • U.S. airstrike kills 18 al-Shabaab militants in Somalia

    World News CBC News
    A U.S. military airstrike has killed 18 al-Shabaab extremists after U.S. and local forces came under attack in southern Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command said Saturday. The airstrike was carried out in self-defence on Friday about 50 kilometres northwest of the port city of Kismayo, the U.S. Source
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's fate rests on what story Trump believes

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could turn on whether President Donald Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who, as Trump once asserted in a tweet, had "LIED! LIED! LIED!" Source
  • U.S. airstrike kills 18 al-Shabab extremists after U.S. attacked in Somalia

    World News CTV News
    In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km. south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File) Source
  • Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- Officials are warning people in the Ottawa area to brace for days without power in the wake of a tornado that ripped through the area yesterday afternoon. They're encouraging people to stockpile food and water following the storm, which tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in Ottawa, nearby Dunrobin, Ont. Source
  • Tens of thousands without power following tornado

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- Officials are warning people in the Ottawa area to brace for days without power in the wake of a tornado that ripped through the region yesterday afternoon. They encouraged residents to stockpile food and water following the storm, which tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que. Source
  • Unclear whether Kavanaugh accuser will testify in Senate

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- The high-stakes brinkmanship over whether Brett Kavanaugh's accuser would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee came to a momentary standstill as GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms of her appearance. Source