OTTAWA, Ont. – Some holiday party-goers may not have got an answer when they called Operation Red Nose for a ride home over the weekend.

Organizers were forced to close the phone lines earlier than expected on the opening weekend of its 2012 campaign, due to an overwhelming demand. They didn’t have enough volunteers to keep up.

Operation Red Nose Ottawa’s director Dave Van Valanderan said he’s thrilled that more people are calling on the service, which is only in its second year in the capital, but he’s hoping more people will volunteer.

“As the weekends progress, they are definitely going to be busy,” he told 1310News. “In fact, the third weekend in December is traditionally our busiest weekend.  We’re expecting really high call volume, so we’re going to need a lot of volunteers to show up to meet that volume.”

Operation Red Nose is now putting a call out for volunteers, in order to prevent the same thing from happening again.

Van Valanderan said interested participants can offer a few hours, or a whole night, and have the option of driving their car, driving a client’s vehicle or answering phones.  He added that volunteering with Operation Red Nose is more than just good karma, it’s a good time too.

“I did a little bit of a poll on our first two nights and over half of the people were returning volunteers,” he said. “To me, that’s a good sign.  It means that we did our job well, they had a good time last year and they’re looking to come back and give us a hand.”

The service offers you a ride home in your own vehicle if you’ve been drinking, in exchange for a donation to local children’s charities. Operation Red Nose operates every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the month of December.