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Poppy campaign launches in Yarmouth

Charles Crosby, chairman of the 2019 poppy campaign, pins the first poppy on Rev. Bill Newell.
Charles Crosby, chairman of the 2019 poppy campaign, pins the first poppy on Rev. Bill Newell. - Carla Allen

9,000 poppies to distribute

YARMOUTH, N.S. —

Organizers of the local 2019 poppy campaign launched the event on Oct. 25 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 in Yarmouth with a slight change of procedure. 
A citizen-at-large was chosen as the recipient for the pinning of the first poppy, instead of a dignitary.
Chairman of the campaign, Charles Crosby, honoured Rev. Bill Newell with the bright red icon by pinning it over his heart.
Newell is the founding president of the Yarmouth Food Bank Society, the Community Fuel Fund, volunteer-on-call chaplain for the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, RCMP and the legion's chaplain as well as the fire department padre.
"He’s the first person we thought of,” said Crosby.
Eighteen volunteers (staffing three shifts daily) will be distributing the poppies at stores, banks and other locations in Yarmouth for a donation. Cadets will be working the weekends to provide veteran volunteers a chance to rest.
Nine thousand poppies are available for distribution and the legion will also have more than 100 wreaths available for purchase to lay on Remembrance Day at the Mariners Centre or local cenotaphs.
All funds raised directly support veterans, serving military and their families in various ways, including housing and care facilities for elderly, disabled and homeless veterans; sponsorship of cadet and youth programs; veterans’ drop-in centres and meals-on-wheels programs; bursaries for children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans and more.
Other legions throughout southwestern Nova Scotia will also have poppies available for a donation and have wreaths for sale.

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