Poppy cam­paign un­der­way

More vol­un­teers needed to staff poppy sta­tions

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - CARLA ALLEN THEVANGUARD.CA

Adri­enne Speck, chair of the an­nual poppy cam­paign in Yar­mouth, told a com­pelling story of gen­eros­ity dur­ing the cam­paign’s of­fi­cial launch on Oct. 26 at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch 61.

She said sev­eral years ago an el­derly woman stopped to do­nate money for pop­pies at three dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Yar­mouth.

Each le­gion mem­ber asked her if she needed help in­sert­ing her rolled up $5 bill into the box.

“Oh no, that’s okay, I’ll do it,” she said.

Speck said when poppy fund col­lec­tors re­turned to le­gion they un­rolled the $5 bills to find a $1,000 bill in each one of them.

They never did find out who the woman was, but le­gion mem­bers placed a plaque in her hon­our on their wall and pub­lished an ad in the news­pa­per thank­ing her.

Dur­ing the 2018 poppy cam­paign, le­gion mem­bers and other vol­un­teers will be dis­tribut­ing 8,000 pop­pies in the area. The pop­pies are avail­able for a do­na­tion to those who want one or will be pro­vided for free if no funds can be spared.

All funds raised di­rectly sup­port vet­er­ans, serv­ing mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies in var­i­ous ways, in­clud­ing hous­ing and care fa­cil­i­ties for el­derly, dis­abled and home­less vet­er­ans; spon­sor­ship of cadet and youth pro­grams; vet­er­ans’ drop-in cen­tres and meals-on­wheels pro­grams; burs­eries for chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren of vet­er­ans and more.

The pop­pies will be avail­able at var­i­ous Yar­mouth re­tail out­lets and other lo­ca­tions.

Per­sons will­ing to help in the dis­tri­bu­tion can speak to Speck at the le­gion, at 75 Vet­er­ans Lane off Pa­rade Street.

Poppy symbolism

Adri­enne Speck, chair of the an­nual poppy cam­paign in Yar­mouth, holds one of many boxes filled with pop­pies for dis­tri­bu­tion.

All funds raised through the an­nual poppy cam­paign di­rectly sup­port vet­er­ans, serv­ing mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies in var­i­ous ways.

CARLA ALLEN

Kevin Gates, vice-pres­i­dent of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch 61, pre­pares to pin a poppy on Yar­mouth Mayor Pam Mood to launch the an­nual poppy cam­paign on Oct. 26.

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