Boyle County residents who are putting on their Santa hats early this year to help the Danville Fire Department's annual Christmas Toy Program should be aware there may be other similar agencies out there trying to take advantage of local generosity.
Fire Chief Mike Thomas said the department has received calls from local residents wondering if Danville firefighters are behind phone solicitations asking for money to help fire departments. While the Danville department is collecting money, toys and other items for its annual drive to help needy families, it is not making any pitches over the phone, Thomas said.
"The Danville Fire Department does not solicit monetary donations over the phone," Thomas said. "We accept money for the toys program, but we don't target private citizens by telephone calls."
Thomas said a statewide firefighters' organization often uses telephone solicitations across Kentucky to raise money. While the organization is legitimate, Thomas said the money it collects usually goes to help larger fire departments in the state and does not necessarily come back to local departments.