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If your business received a phone call requesting funds on behalf of the Neligh Police Department, you may want to reconsider if you hesitated out of concern it was a telemarketing scam.
Neligh Police Chief Mike Wright said the city office has received several calls from businesses asking about the legitimacy of phone calls requesting funds to partner with the City of Neligh Police on their Community Safety books.
Wright said the program is legitimate and has been in place for several years.
"In years past, a gentleman with the organization personally visited Neligh businesses, but since his retirement, Community Safety Net chose to make phone calls this year until his position is filled," Wright said.
Those calls, Wright said, have business owners questioning the legitimacy of the program, but Wright assures that the program is not a scam and has been of great assistance to the community.
Those wanting to donate can call the publisher at 1-800-665-4878.
To ensure that businesses owners are donating to the proper organization, Wright wants people to know all of the pertinent information about the program, including which Neligh-Oakdale classes receive the books.
Program: Community Safety Net
Children: 4th and 5th Grade
Printer: Gateway Publishing Company
Location: Winnipeg, MB and Pembina, ND
Wright said Neligh businesses have been very generous in previous years in assisting with the program, and Wright said he hopes they continue to support the safety of Neligh's youth.
For more information, contact Wright at 402-887-4335 or check out the program online at www.communitysafetynet.com.