Corps expecting normality returns to this year’s poppy campaign


The Royal Society of Canada hopes that the annual poppy campaign will regain its normal sensation this year as pandemic restrictions have been reduced nationwide.

For Remembrance Day, the organization has set up more than 34,000 traditional poppy boxes throughout Canada, stating that people can donate cash and receive poppy pins. This is about 9,000 boxes more than last year.

For the second year in a row, the organization also has a box that can accept payments from tap-enabled devices or cards. The corps said it will own 1,000 electronic boxes this year, compared to 250 last year.

Canadians can also donate to the campaign at mypoppy.ca. There you can create digital poppies, add customized memorials and share them on social media.

Nujma Bond, Communications Manager at the Corps’ National Headquarters, said that, as in the pre-pandemic period, this year’s loose COVID-19 measures are likely to increase the number of people physically presenting donation boxes. I did.

“We are not only announcing more initiatives, but less … facing local health restrictions,” Bond said. “So we can get back to normal from the perspective of the poppy campaign itself.”

Volunteers giving out poppies need to wear masks, stay away, and be vaccinated against COVID-19, Bond said.

The corps said it raised about $ 20 million from poppy campaigns each year, and that the money was used directly to support veterans, their families and communities.

The organization does not have a final figure of the amount raised from last year’s poppy campaign, but Bond “figuratively and literally” against veterans in 2020, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. He said the corps felt that support for “both” had increased.

She said she was expecting a similar show of support from Canadians this year as well.

“Last year, I’m sure this will happen again, so I knew there was a tremendous memory and support show across the country, despite the pandemic,” Bond said.

Veteran Mike Turner is one of the people organizing a poppy campaign initiative at the East Toronto branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Less people are giving out poppies from their branch this year than they were before the pandemic, Turner said, but they have the same mission of raising money to support veterans and veterans support programs.

“I personally looked at the veterans and funded them. They needed help and saw their smiles when they were getting it, it was worth its weight in gold There is, “said the 51-year-old.

This year’s Poppy Campaign coincides with Poppy’s 100th Anniversary as a commemorative symbol in Canada.

Bond said the Royal Canadian Legion marked an anniversary with many initiatives. These include an online offering of commemorative poppy pins that duplicate the original 1921 company emblem, and 100 limited edition digital art aimed at preserving memories of the fall of 118,000 Canadian soldiers dating back to 1812. Includes work.

Other organizations are celebrating Poppy’s 100th anniversary.

Canada Post has released stamps to immortalize the crimson flowers and honor the thousands of Canadians who died in their service. Meanwhile, Royal Canadian Mint has released a commemorative poppy coin.

Many Canadian landmarks will be lit up during the Poppy Campaign and on November 11th.

“People still have the ability to remember,” Bond said, “despite the ongoing pandemic.”

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