I have become an Area co-ordinator for the Poppy Appeal for the last 2 years and inherited an area that includes a branch of McDonalds. For each of the last 2 years they have had a Poppy box and collected a significant amount of money for the appeal. I went in today with the box and collecting tins and was told by the manager that McDonalds no longer take part in the Poppy appeal as they support their own charity. Anyone else out there come across this or has anyone seen a poppy box in a McD's this year? I have sent an e mail to McD's customer services but they won't respond until Monday at the earliest. I was shocked at the time (but polite) and only became angry as I was on my way home. The Poppy Appeal is a British institution and considering that this particular McD's is only 3 miles from a military establishment which has lost people in action recently, I am appalled. Can you imagine McD's not supporting American service charities in the good old US of A, I think not.