10/31/2014 01:15 EDT | Updated 12/31/2014 05:59 EST

$350 in poppy donations swiped from Jewish General Hospital volunteer

An 88-year-old woman is angry after someone stole her poppy donation can.

Sandy Bernstein has volunteered at a used-book stand at the Jewish General Hospital for a decade, and has sold poppies there for even longer.

She began selling her poppies in return for donations for veterans a couple of days early given the tragic events in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

On Thursday, she was arranging and putting away some books at the stand when a can containing about $350 in donations was swiped from the table.

"That can was absolutely full. You couldn’t even put in a dime," she said.

Bernstein said she suspects a man who was hanging around her table looking at books, but can’t prove it.

She said she couldn’t believe someone would take money destined for veterans.

"I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think the veterans are 100 per cent worth it," Bernstein said.

The Jewish General Hospital reviewed footage from its security cameras and has handed the matter over to police.