This year, the Poppy Trust Fund of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 236, St. Marys, was able to donate $250 to each of the Friendship Centre and Home Support for their efforts to assist Veterans living in St. Marys. Reg Rumble, chair of the local Poppy Campaign, presented the cheques earlier this month.
“Last year we were able to raise over $8,500 locally from donations for Poppies, the Poppy Trust Fund and sponsorship of Remembrance Day wreaths,” explained Rumble.
Poppies are not for sale. They are given in thanks to individuals who donate to the fund and wish to express their remembrance of those who have served. Every year, the Poppy Campaign starts on the last Friday of October and ends on Remembrance Day.
“We also gratefully accept donations all year long from anyone that wishes to support our veterans,” Rumble clarified.
There are over 60 Local businesses that help by displaying the poppy boxes on their counter and collecting donations. “One hundred per cent of the money raised is held in trust by the Poppy Committee of the Royal Canadian Legion, which is responsible for managing our fund,” Rumble said.
This money is used for:
• Providing assistance to needy veterans and their dependents;
• Supporting medical training and research;
• Funding for the housing or maintenance of facilities for elderly and disabled;
• Providing bursaries for children and grandchildren of veterans;
• Supporting drop-in or meals-on-wheels programs for the elderly;
• Promoting Remembrance Day activities including children’s posters and poems;
• Supporting veterans hospital.