Last Monday (October 28, 2019) Huntsville councillors got a special visit from members of the Huntsville Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232 to kick off the annual poppy campaign.
The campaign takes place from the last Friday in October to November 11, Remembrance Day. Hundreds of legionnaires and cadets throughout the country distribute the poppies to businesses and organizations.
The funds raised are held in trust at the branch level and go towards helping local veterans, including members of the RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces, and their families.
Along with ensuring Canadians never forget the sacrifices veterans made for the freedoms we enjoy today, the Poppy Fund is used for the following:
- Grants for food, heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance for veterans and their families in need;
- Housing accommodation and care facilities for veterans;
- Funding for veteran transition programs that are directly related to the training, education and support needs of veterans and their families;
- Comforts for veterans and their surviving spouses who are hospitalized and in need;
- Veterans visits, transportation and day trips;
- Accessibility modifications to assist veterans with disabilities;
- Educational bursaries for children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of veterans;
- Support of cadet units;
- Veteran drop-in centres and services in communities where veterans would benefit;
- Community medical appliances, medical training, and medical research which will assist in the care of veterans in the community;
- Support the work of legion command and branch service officers across Canada in assisting and representing veterans;
- Donations for relief of disasters declared by federal or provincial governments which impact veterans in those communities; and
- Promotion and administering of remembrance activities to ensure Canadians never forget the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans.
You can find out more about the poppy campaign and the Royal Canadian Legion in general here.
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