By Stewart Grant
What started as a weekend craft last year to decorate their door for Remembrance Day has blossomed this year into a fundraising project for sisters Dayna, Monica, and Alice Hinz.
“The girls gave a few to friends and family last year and it was cool to drive around the town to see who has been “poppied” by the Hinz girls,” said their mother Laura. “We thought, how cool it would be to see more around the town and raise money at the same time for the Poppy Fund.”
Dayna, the oldest of the Hinz sisters, is soon to turn eight years old. She is a Grade 3 student in Mrs. Mahaffy’s class at Little Falls Public School. Monica, age 5, is in Senior Kindergarten with Mrs. Bradshaw and Mrs. Duncan at Little Falls Public School. Alice, the youngest at 3 years of age, attends the Early Years Center where she learns from Angie and Colleen. The girls’ parents are Ben and Laura Hinz.
Monica and Dayna described the poppy-making process to the Independent: “We start with a red paper plate and cut it into the shape of a poppy. Mommy cuts out circles from black paper and we glue it to the plate. Then we use a dart to poke a hole through the plate and put a butterfly clip through to hold the middle of the poppy. We sign each one and try to put something on that is happy. Then we put a double-sided piece of tape on the back to attach to your door and you can reuse for next year with a new piece of tape!”
Laura noted that her daughters have worked this into their morning routine. “So far it is easier to get them to make poppies than brush their teeth,” she laughed. “Our poppy shop has been busy since September making poppies and already have raised 25 dollars!”
The girls hope to make and sell 200 poppies.
“We want to ‘poppify’ St. Marys and raise money for the soldiers,” said Dayna. “We appreciate everything the soldiers have done for us.”
Monica added, “I like making the poppies, and no two poppies are the same.” Alice enthusiastically agreed.
To order your special homemade poppies from the Hinz girls, please contact Laura Hinz via text at 519-301-3368 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. At the cost of $1.00 per poppy, all proceeds will be donated to the Poppy Fund and presented to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 236. Thank you for your support.
By Stewart Grant