OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The ceremonial first poppy has been handed out by the Royal Canadian Legion, kicking off this year’s Remembrance Day campaign.
The poppy went to Governor General Julie Payette Tuesday morning ahead of the public launch Oct. 25.
Nujma Bond, with the Legion’s National Headquarters, says you’ll soon be seeing cadets and other volunteers asking for donations and handing out poppies. A digital option will be available again after it was tested out last year.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the number of people that participated, and there were about 18,000 people who donated that way last year in 2018,” she says.
Today, the 2019 digital poppy was unveiled. People who donate online will receive a digital poppy that can include the name of a Veteran, and can be shared on social media. Visit https://t.co/2C3nek95Hy starting on Oct 25. This year the initiative is supported by @HomeEquityBank. pic.twitter.com/UoPtttkapQ
— The Royal Canadian Legion (@RoyalCdnLegion) October 15, 2019
She says the Legion is happy to provide another way for people to give money to veteran’s help initiatives, and expects more people to donate digitally again this year.
“People want another option. They’re not carrying as much cash around as they might have in the past, and so it gives them another option to donate via whatever method they wish.”
Digital poppies can be purchased starting at MyPoppy.ca starting Oct. 25.
Of course, cash donations can still be made when volunteers hit the streets next week, and you will get an actual poppy to pin on Remembrance Day.
Each year, over 20 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada.