Princeton Mayor Spencer Coyne accepts the first poppy of 2021, presented by Legion President Bob Paterson. Photo Andrea DeMeer

Princeton Mayor Spencer Coyne accepts the first poppy of 2021, presented by Legion President Bob Paterson. Photo Andrea DeMeer

All poppy donations in Princeton, and throughout Canada, go directly to veterans in need

Despite COVID, poppy donations did not fall behind here in 2020

All of the money goes directly to veterans.

The Princeton Legion Poppy Campaign began Thursday, Oct. 28, when Mayor Spencer Coyne received the first poppy from branch president Bob Paterson.

The poppy campaign also includes business sponsorships through displaying and placing wreaths, and typically raises about $11,000 a year.

Paterson said COVID, which precluded a large gathering at the cenotaph in 2020, did not affect the Legion’s fundraising efforts

“I had a guy last year who came (into the branch) and said ‘I need a poppy,’ and then he tried to stuff $200 into the little box.”

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Paterson said the Legion traditionally holds numerous fundraisers throughout the year for various causes, but the dollars raised through the poppy campaign are reserved exclusively for veterans’ needs; nationally, provincially, and locally.

“If a veteran walks through the door, or their family member, and they need help, we will do that.”

In past years funds have been used to assist with living expenses, health care related issues, and other matters.

Paterson said he wants to see more service people identifying themselves, and their needs. There are likely veterans in the community who are not Legion members, and may not be aware of the help that is available.

As well, many veterans reject assistance, said Paterson.

“They are very proud. Most of them, they won’t ask for help.”

Friday, Oct. 29, Legion volunteers were very visible in the community, handing out poppies and accepting donations. Until Nov. 11, donation boxes are located at many local businesses.

Related: Legion to hoist flag at National War Memorial on Remembrance Day then lower it

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