07 november 2012

Veteran's Week Nov 5-11: Fewer thefts of poppy tin money


The annual poppy drive leading up to Remembrance Day in Canada, is a major fundraiser to help veterans

Each year during Veteran’s week, leading up to Remembrance Day of November 11, the Royal Canadian Legion collects donations to support veterans.

In exchange for a donation in any amount, the person will take a bright red imitation poppy flower and pin it on their lapel as show of support and remembrance for military veterans.

The money is collected in donation tins, which are often set up by the cash registers of coffee shops, corner stores and so on right across Canada. However, in the past, some of the tins of money have been stolen.

For example, in the city of St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, 40 tins were stolen last year. Only three people were later caught and charged. So far this year, only 6 tins have been reported stolen.

A Legion spokesperson says, that all the money collected goes toward helping veterans, and they continue to be shocked that people would steal money that goes toward helping veterans who have put themselves in harm’s way to safeguard our freedoms.

The annual poppy drive is a major fundraiser for the Legion. Donations are directed to such expenses as housing or purchase of wheelchairs for veterans who cannot afford them.

(MM with files from CBC)


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