Poppies are now available all over Kamloops following the launch of the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign fundraiser.
Last year’s campaign raised about $60,000 locally, said Legion Branch 52 president Craig Thomson.
The funds raised go towards supporting veterans programming and services, including help with housing and service dogs for veterans.
The Legion also donates about $15,000 annually in bursaries to students with a grandparent who is a veteran and supports local cadets groups.
Launched last Friday, poppies are available for purchase at various locations by donation, including outside stores including Save-On-Foods, Walmart, Costco and Superstore and at the Legion’s poppy campaign headquarters at 249 Seymour St.
“It’s not hard to find a poppy at this time of year in town,” said Thomson.