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Poppy donation boxes in Canada will soon take credit cards

Picking up a poppy for Remembrance Day is going to look a lot different this year; now, Canadians will have the option to pay by card through a tap-enabled donation box.

The Royal Canadian Legion has partnered with HSBC to create the innovative, contactless boxes amid the pandemic.

"We are excited to present this new way to make it easier for Canadians to donate during the National Poppy Campaign," said Thomas D. Irvine, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, in a press release.

He added that he hopes the pilot project "will grow in the years to come."

Traditional poppy boxes will still be available in addition to the 250 contactless donation boxes being rolled out at HSBC branches across Canada starting Oct. 3.

The new boxes will also be available in select Royal Canadian Legion branches and other locations.

To use the box, Canadians can simply tap a credit card, mobile phone, or wearable device against the glowing poppy, which will automatically donate $2 to the Legion.

The donations will help support Canadian veterans and their families.

"I can't think of a more honourable community to support," said Larry Tomei, Executive Vice President and Head of Wealth and Personal Banking at HSBC Bank Canada.

"With a little ingenuity and care, we've been able to bring our team and partners to the table to design something that we think will continue to contribute to the success of the Royal Canadian Legion's poppy campaign now and for years to come."

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Royal Canadian Legion

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