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Chomedey legion looking for donation cans missing from four Tim Hortons locations

Shannon Westlake counts donations collected for veterans. She is hoping the four cans that have gone missing from four different Tim Hortons locations in Chomedey, Laval, are returned. Tuesday October 29, 2019. Sylvain Trudeau / Global News

The Chomedey Royal Canadian Legion branch 251 is asking for the public’s help to find four donation cans that have gone missing in the area.

The legion says the cans were in four different Tim Hortons locations in the Laval district of Chomedey and they all disappeared over the weekend.

The legion estimates there could be up to $400 in each can.

It represents a big loss for legion members, who use the money to help veterans afford necessities such as buying wheelchairs or adapting their homes.

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For Shannon Westlake, the legion’s second vice-president, helping veterans is a cause close to her heart.

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“All four of my grandparents were involved in World War II,” Westlake said.

“For me, it’s a very important cause… and the fact that four cans were stolen in this area is incredible.”

Westlake said it’s especially difficult to have lost the cans because in spite of the volunteers’ hard work to raise money, donations have been sluggish this year.

“Every nickel counts,” Westlake said. “It is for our freedom. The people that signed up for war, signed up for with lives.”

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Global News called and emailed Tim Hortons but have not received a reply.

Meanwhile, the legion says it filed a police report. “Hopefully the police in Laval will investigate,” said Westlake.

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According to Westlake, the Tim Hortons where the cans went missing are located at 2145 Curé-Labelle Boulevard, 2520 Curé-Labelle Boulevard, 3665 Highway 440 and 2665 Daniel-Johnson Boulevard.

Westlake is asking anyone with information to come forward and call Laval police.

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