The charity, which will reach its 100th anniversary on Saturday, lost £20million in donations after face-to-face collections were cancelled for the first time in its history due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
In addition, many volunteers decided to step down during the pandemic.
Louise Price, community fund-raiser for Northumbria and North Tyneside, said: “We really want to thank everyone across our region who got involved and supported the Poppy Appeal in 2020, and although we are only in May, work is already in progress for this year’s appeal.
“We have seen a reduction in the number of our collectors following the pandemic, with many still anxious about returning to their normal way of life, but the RBL still has a job to do and we are optimistic for 2021.
“The RBL’s work is even more vital than ever as we support people from all generations who have new hardships as a result of Covid-19, which has had a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods right across the area, leaving some in our Armed Forces community in dire need of help.
“All those who volunteer will receive lots of support and enjoyment from taking part.”
Anyone who would like to get involved this year can send an email to [email protected]