Great teamwork between 49th Parallel Grocery and Chemainus Legion 191 with support from the community resulted in a $5,492 contribution to the poppy campaign this year. From left: Darrel Lowery, Legion 191 president Len Lavender, 49th Parallel Chemainus store manager Paul McGregor, Christine Pacukiewicz and Steve Hasiak. (Photo submitted)

Great teamwork between 49th Parallel Grocery and Chemainus Legion 191 with support from the community resulted in a $5,492 contribution to the poppy campaign this year. From left: Darrel Lowery, Legion 191 president Len Lavender, 49th Parallel Chemainus store manager Paul McGregor, Christine Pacukiewicz and Steve Hasiak. (Photo submitted)

Legion poppy campaign benefits greatly from 49th Parallel partnership

Gift card incentive for contributions of at least $50 well-received in the community

The Royal Canadian Legion’s Branch 191 Chemainus received a donation of $5,492 to the 2020 poppy campaign from 49th Parallel Grocery’s Chemainus store.

“This donation has enabled Branch 191 to reach our goal during an incredibly challenging fundraising year due to the pandemic,” noted president Len Lavender.

An initiative taken by 49th Parallel over a two-week period resulted in a $20 gift certificate being given to everyone who donated $50 or more to the poppy campaign.

“It was certainly well-received in our community,” Lavender indicated. “We know many of these $20 gift certificates are being donated to Harvest House Food Bank, a win for all the community.”

He added poppy campaign funds raised are kept within the branch and distributed to assist veterans in the community when required.

Chemainus Legion volunteers have developed a great relationship with 49th Parallel during the past few months.

“We thank 49th Parallel owners, managers, and especially Paul McGregor and all the staff in the Chemainus store for this exceptional donation,” Lavender enthused.

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