Poppy sales tradition goes virtual due to coronavirus

Updated: May 09, 2020 11:22 PM
Created: May 09, 2020 11:06 PM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WHEC) — A flowery tradition to help veterans is being forced online by coronavirus.

The American Legion of Pittsford is taking its poppy drive online. 


Normally, the Rayson Miller Post 899 raises thousands of dollars in its drive outside of businesses like the Powers Market and the Pittsford Dairy. 

With social distancing now in place, the drive is instead going on at the Rayson Miller website and the group's Facebook page.  

Legionnaires say they want to keep their fundraising going, albeit in a new direction. 

"This whole situation is new to everybody," says Danny Barnes of the American Legion. "And, of course, everybody is staying at home and a lot of the stores have closed and so, therefore, we are not able to get out there and be in the public the way we need to do."

"So, this is our way… Hopefully of making sure this is kept in the front, the forefront as it has been every year."

Legionnaires will reward supporters with "Virtual Poppies," but they are hoping to offer real ones once the coronavirus lockdown ends. 

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