Tuesday, April 28, 2020

National Poppy Day Information - COVID-19

COVID-19 and the Auxiliary Poppy Program
We received word from the Department Auxiliary Poppy Chairperson
We have received questions from posts about the 2020 National Poppy Days. This information is being sent to Units in Michigan, but we wanted to share it with you.

If you have any questions please contact the Department of Michigan Auxiliary.

Dear Auxiliary Members,

Many questions have been coming into department about Poppy Days for this year. Our official Poppy Day will never change as it is set by national. This is traditionally designated as the Friday before Memorial Day each year. Your local Poppy Day, (when you offer poppies for donations), may be held on the national date, however, these dates may vary from unit to unit as necessary.

Please remember that there are no refunds/returns on your Poppy purchases.  These poppies are made by our veterans and they work hard for their Poppy wages.  

We understand units may not be able to have "normal" Poppy Day routines this year due to the public safety issues surrounding the COVID – 19 virus.   The safety of everyone is the highest priority right now, so we need to think outside of the box more than ever this year.  Units, Posts, Squadrons and Chapters are encouraged to be creative this year.  Every penny makes a difference in the lives of our veterans.  If you decide to use the internet for your Poppy Day activities, please be careful as there may be fees associated with some online methods such as Go Fund Me campaigns where a portion of the money raised is kept by the host organization.  Any activity, fundraiser or event that keeps a portion of the donations generated by Poppy Day is strictly prohibited.

Some other ideas would include unit mailings or email blasts to our Legion family asking them to send their Poppy donations directly to your unit secretary/treasurer and calling our Legion family to ask for individual poppy donations. These methods also give you an opportunity to check-in on your members and their well-being.

Another option is to have your membership hold onto all those returnable bottles and then donate the funds when they're able to return them to the stores for the deposit. Make it a "Pop for Poppy" drive and include your Juniors and young SAL members.

Our members have and always will be there for our veterans whenever they need us for the next 100 years.

 In service To God and Country,
Connie Kovacs
Poppy Chairman
Check out the Virtual National Poppy Day Facebook Watch Party Friday, May 22 at 12:00-1:00pm.