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Volunteers come forward to help Langley poppy campaign

(Courtesy Royal Canadian Legion)

People step up to help hand out poppies and deliver donation boxes

Campaign was previously jeopardized by a lack of community help

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – Some very good news from a legion branch in Langley that had been struggling to get enough volunteers to hand out poppies and deliver donation boxes around the city.

Following a story NEWS 1130 brought you last week, Branch President Wilma McEwen says they’ve had a flood of people wanting to help. “We are way ahead of last year as far as volunteers go. It’s really been great. We couldn’t have wished for anything better.”

She adds people have been coming in from as far as Vancouver to help out. “I had another fellow in yesterday and he said he had heard about it when he was in the doctor’s office in Seattle. I don’t know where your broadcast reaches, but it sure helped.”

McEwen says it’s been mostly younger people and young families stepping forward. “It seems there are a lot of people interested once they found out they could come in and help. Some of them seemed to think it was only the legion members who could go out distributing stuff, but we had a lot from the local community come out and everything helped.”

The Remembrance Day poppy campaign, which runs until November 11th, is the Royal Canadian Legion‘s main fundraiser of the year.