‘I’m ready to go’: Toronto woman makes paper poppies to support veterans

TORONTO – In a house decorated with shiny paper poppies, you’ll find their creator at work, surrounded by a stack of red and black tissue paper.

“I just thought, you know, my dad would really love that if he was here,” said Margot Rockett, who decided to make poppies in his honor, and for everyone who served.

“I just think there is an opening for a poppy on a door, like a wreath. I think it’s a really good visual symbol that this home, this family, these people recognize, you know, veterans and support the poppy fund.

The Beach native says she started making these homemade poppies last fall, because COVID-19 was keeping people inside.

“I have read news reports that the Poppy Campaign is going to love funds because of COVID. “

The 57-year-old’s father, Lloyd, was a veteran who spent the last years of his life at the Sunnybrook Veterans Center.

“My dad received the best possible care, and I felt that, you know, the poppy fund supports long-term care facilities like Sunnybrook, but they also support home care,” Rockett said.

Rockett charges $ 10 per large poppy and $ 4 for their smaller counterparts, with all profits going to the Poppy Fund.

“I raised almost $ 800 last year, so I hope to exceed that this year.

Last fall, Rockett says she was up until 2 a.m. some nights, trying to complete orders. However, in November, she will get help.

“I have a great support system. I have friends, neighbors, family, who all want to help me make the poppy. So if there is a big demand, I have a team, I’m good to go.

If you live in Toronto and want a poppy, you can text 647-208-5388 to place your order. Rockett says she and / or a friend of hers will even give birth, if you live in the East End.

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