Authorities with the Monett Police Department have issued a warning for area residents to use caution when approached by students and young adults soliciting money for various organizations.
Jay Jastal, school resource officer for the Monett School District, reported that several youth and young adults were going door-to-door throughout Monett seeking donations for the Junior ROTC program at Scott Regional Technical Center and for breast cancer awareness.
"Neither of those are legitimate campaigns," Jastal said. "The JROTC is part of the technical center, the school, and no one is soliciting for that program. Others are claiming to be soliciting for breast cancer awareness, but no local organization is sponsoring a door-to-door campaign."
Jastal said very few reputable organizations use door-to-door solicitations as a means to collect funds.
"Those who question the validity of solicitations are urged to request a contact number for the person organizing the event or ask for identification from the person doing the soliciting," Jastal said. "People are always welcome to call the school or the police department if they have questions about the validity of a fundraising campaign, as well."
For more information on legitimate fundraising campaigns, area residents may call Monett High School at 235-5445 or the Monett Police Department at 235-4241.