Orangeville Legion pushing on with poppy campaign ‘in safe way’ during pandemic

November 5, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

It’s time to buy your poppy and wear it proudly pinned to the left side of your coat, jacket, or shirt, to show support for our veterans and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Orangeville Legion, Branch 233, will be conducting its Poppy Campaign this year, although the program will be modified to follow COVID-19 protocols.

You normally see lots of volunteers at the entrance to local businesses or establishments this time of year, however the Legion has made the decision to reduce the number of people who will be among the public and receiving donations.

“We will have a very limited number of members out canvassing this year,” said Janet Burgess, public relations co-chair at the Legion. “You wll find us at Walmart, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Sobeys, and Zehrs. Social distancing and all safety protocols will be followed. You will find a table, set up with a tray containing poppies, wrist bands and stickers. You will be required to pick your own item and place a donation in the box provided. You will also find hand sanitizer for your use. A Legion member, wearing a mask and gloves, will be stationed two metres away from the table.”

In addition to the volunteer stations, poppies will be found at various locations around town with self serve and donation boxes.

The Legion also accepts direct donations.

The Poppy Campaign is the Legion’s main fundraiser. Money raised through the Campaign is put into a trust fund which goes to support veterans and their families.

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