Ottawa Centre Refugee Action (OCRA) Fundraiser for Afghan Families

Ottawa Centre Refugee Action (OCRA) Fundraiser for Afghan Families


Ottawa Centre Refugee Action (OCRA) is running a pint and ice cream cone fundraiser, culminating with a visit by The Merry Dairy soft serve truck to Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC) on September 18th beginning at 2pm. 

$2 from each pint is also being donated to our fundraising effort for pints ordered from this page - pints that can be picked up at our shop at 102 Fairmont, delivered at home, or picked up at the truck at CDCC on September 18.

That amount will then be multipied by individuals who are pledging up to $3 per pint and cone sold to amplify the value of your donation!.  Want to be a pledge leader? Email: or click here. Want to donate separately to OCRA? Donate here.

Then come to Carleton Domininon Chalmers Centre on September 18th 2pm-5pm if you can!

How does the fundraiser work?

The first part consists of a portion of each product sold from this custom store supports these family settling in Ottawa. Credit processing and other financial fees are being waived, so 100% of all contributions will go to the family in need.

The second part of this fundraiser consists of the donation of a portion of each cone sold during the Merry Dairy truck's visit on September 18. To participate in this part of the fundraiser, you can just show up at the park and buy ice cream cones directly from the truck. No pre-ordering necessary for this part.

Our goal is to raise $18,000. To do that, we will need more than cones and pints. We are also asking for an optional pledge ranging from $3 to 25 cents per pint and cone.  Those amounts will not be charged in your order but iIf you choose to commit to a pledge, your information will be forwarded to Ottawa Centre Refugee, who will reach out to you to complete your tax-deductible donation. Make your pledge by visiting or email

Please read the steps below for instructions on how to contribute by buying a product sold from the custom store.

First! Pick your ice cream pints from the dropdown list above. You can choose dairy and vegan (non-dairy) flavours! All ice cream pints chosen from the Ottawa Centre Refugee Action (OCRA) fundraising store mean more funds raised to sponsor these families!

Second! Want to add other items from The Merry Dairy not on the fundraising list? Click "home" in your cart menu to see the full selection of other products that can be added to your order.

Third! Choose your pick-up or delivery option! You can also send a gift order to a friend at checkout using any of these options below!

Once you've selected your OCRA and any other Merry Dairy products, choose one of the three pickup or delivery options:

a) pick up any day at your convenience at 102 Fairmont Avenue - choose "store pickup" at checkout The Merry Dairy is open noon-8pm Tue-Sun!

b) home delivery anywhere in Ottawa (minimum $40 order) - choose "delivery" at checkout. The Merry Dairy delivers between 3 and 7pm Wed-Sat to any address in Ottawa!

c) pickup at on Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre on Sun Sep 18 from 2-4pm from The Merry Dairy Truck and enjoy a cone while you're there! 

Note: The Merry Dairy is closed Mondays


Orders close Sep 17!

V - Vegan, GF - Gluten-free, SF - Soy Free

To pledge and amplify these amounts click here!

Ottawa Centre Refugee Action is a community-based group of volunteers that sponsors and helps refugees settle in Ottawa, Canada. We have been actively sponsoring and settling refugees and reuniting families torn apart by war or fleeing persecution since December 2015.

To date, we have helped settle 22 families and individuals — 68 people in total, ranging in age from from 75 years to 18 months.

OCRA volunteers help refugees adjust to life in Canada and carry out detailed settlement plans for all sponsored families.

Since our inception, OCRA has raised more than $550,000, all of which has been used to fund refugee settlement or been committed for pending sponsorships. Our operations and administration are carried out entirely by volunteers.

As of mid-2022, we are proceeding with sponsorship applications for an additional 4 families/individuals. These applications await processing by the Canadian government. In addition, we have submitted 4 sponsorship applications to the United Church of Canada which await submission to the Canadian government.

In 2022, we also became involved in sponsoring refugees from Afghanistan.

While we work within the government’s current refugee process, we believe that Canada should have a system for accepting refugees that is more accessible, more efficient and more transparent.