Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 poppy chair Al McNeil says they’re grateful for the help they are getting from a local vehicle dealership for this year’s poppy drive. (File photo)

Parkers giving boost to Legion’s poppy drive

Dealership starting a new fundraiser to help veteran’s fundraiser

Parkers Chrysler is back fundraising for Penticton not-for-profit organizations again, using what’s become a tried and true method for the vehicle dealership.

This time, the beneficiary is the Penticton Legion’s annual poppy drive. From Nov. 6 to Nov. 17, Parkers will donate $100 from every new and used vehicle sold and $10 for every oil change service during the period to the poppy fund.

The Poppy Trust Fund is used to help veterans from the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, along with their dependents, decorated Merchant Navy personnel and their dependents, ex-service personnel of Commonwealth countries, ex-service personnel of allied countries and their dependents who are residents of Canada.

“All money stays within the community, which is very important to us,” said Jim Tabler, Parkers general manager. “We are inspired by how many local community foundations and programs are supported by the Poppy Trust Fund, including our hospital, cadet programs, Boy Scouts, the Crisis Centre, SOWINS and many more.”

Poppy Fund Chairman Al McNeil calls it a wonderful gesture.

“We live in such a generous community and to see companies like Parkers get behind our annual Poppy Drive further demonstrates it,” said McNeil.

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