The Poppy Fund sells poppies to students and staff around Calgary to help veterans and widows with basic needs.
Poppies are on sale from the last week of October until Nov. 11, and the funds are used for past and present veterans and their families.
Joey Bleviss, the chief administrative officer of the Poppy Fund and Veterans Food Bank, hopes to bring awareness of veterans to people this Remembrance Day.
“This is a way to help support our veterans,” said Bleviss.
The funds collected from the poppy sales go toward food, shelter and medical expenses.
“We want to show our respects to the fallen,” Bleviss said in an interview.
Around SAIT, the poppies have gone on sale at Tim Hortons in the Senator Burns building, and at SAITSA’s outlets.
“I think it’s really great that they’re trying to help veterans this way,” said business administration student Melissa Brandt.
Brandt tries to buy a poppy every year, as her grandfather fought in the Second World War and she is thankful for his service.
“I know some people didn’t do so well after the war, so I want them to have support,” said Brandt.
Recently, there has been an outbreak of stolen poppy boxes around Calgary.
“We try the best we can,” said Bleviss.
Thirty-nine boxes were stolen last year, and the amount of money taken was unknown.
“I think it’s pretty awful that people are taking the boxes,” said Brandt.
Accounting student Peter Vans supports the sale of poppies, as it is significant to those involved with war.
“I don’t think people should be taking these donations, it’s not for them,” said Vans.
Vans did not buy any poppies last year, but plans to buy them for his family this year.
“I never really thought about where the money was going until this year, and I realized how selfish it was to not support these folks,” said Vans.
Vans thinks having someone selling the poppies directly could help with theft, and ensure that no one tries to take advantage of the charity.
“I know it’d be a lot of work, but maybe then no one would be tempted to steal,” said Vans.
Proud Poppy: Students line up at the Tim Hortons in SAIT’s Senator Burns where poppies have gone on sale in Calgary on November 2, 2016. The funds from the poppies are used to benefit veterans and their families. (Photo by Brianna Brost/The Press)