The South Burnaby Royal Canadian Legion will be collecting donations in exchange for poppies as early as this weekend as it adjusts to COVID-19 protocols.
Members will operated a kiosk at Metrotown on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, from noon until 6 p.m. and then from Thursday, Nov. 5 until Tuesday, Nov. 10, also from noon until 6 p.m. Location will be on the upper floor by the food court.
This year you can also order your poppies online from the local legion’s website at legion83donate.ca and they will have them either delivered or mailed to you directly.
There is also a collaboration of volunteers from the 76th Burnaby Scout Group and the South Burnaby legion. Together, they have come up with a website offering a digital poppy, wreath or cenotaph design you can purchase to put on your social media accounts and websites to show you remember.
The legion has also received support from other areas of the community. Peng Quah of inQuahdible.net has donated his time to help create donation website graphics. Beedie and many local retailers are also proudly displaying posters in an effort to spread, said legion member Steve Jeske.
“This time of the year is important to our legion,” Jeske said. “All funds raised through the poppy fundraising go to support Burnaby veterans and their families. Support may be in the way of medical equipment, rehabilitation equipment, supporting care homes where veterans reside or bursaries and scholarships. Funds do not go to general revenue to run the legion’s canteen.”