Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - January 22, 2010

Letter: Hard to know what charities are legitimate

Dear Editor,

I am concerned about the people who are purporting to collect money for "charities" in front of so many businesses in the Tri-Valley.

I have watched carefully, and each person seems to have a different "charity" they are collecting for, and every one is different. I have questioned some of them at length, and they are very vague, and although they say they have a tax ID, I have been told the numbers they give you are not in fact legitimate. One said that the donation goes to "somewhere in Oakland" and they "might" open up in Livermore if they collected enough money. Another said their monies goes to Anaheim.

I just do not believe they are collecting for legitimate charities, and they should be investigated by the authorities. Even if their charities are legitimate, the Tri-Valley area needs the funds locally instead of out of the area.

I volunteer for several legitimate charities in the area, and want to make sure that peoples monies are not going into someone's pocket.

Anne Zadra Livermore

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