The Whitehorse Royal Canadian Legion has received an outpouring of support after food for a Remembrance Day dinner was stolen.
President Joe Mewett told the Star today that on Monday night, two locked freezers on the back deck of the Legion building on Steele Street were broken into and food stolen.
He noted the Ladies Auxiliary had stocked the freezers with prime rib and roasts for two upcoming dinners: a Remembrance Day dinner in November and an RCMP veterans dinner in early December.
“A lot of people were shocked,” Mewett said of the theft.
“They couldn’t believe it happened. Why would they target a non-profit group?”
But Mewett said there is good news to the story.
When community members learned about the theft, they offered to help replace the stolen items.
“The outpouring of support has been phenomenal,” he said.
“We’re probably going to get enough to replace what went missing.”
Now, Mewett said, the Legion’s goal is to “beef up” security at its building.
“The biggest thing is we’re a little concerned that this stuff’s happening,” he said, noting the recent string of break-ins in Porter Creek.
“If it’s people looking for help, they can come to us for help.”
On Friday, the Legion will also begin its poppy tagging campaign, with boxes of poppies for Remembrance Day being distributed to local stores.
Mewett said every year at least one or two of these boxes also get stolen.
“We don’t like to make a big deal of it,” he said. “It’s not just us up here; it’s a Canada-wide thing.”