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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Firefighter Charity Doesn't Disclose Where Money is Going

ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC (WGHP) - When Elon Fire Captain David Wright received a phone call from the Alamance County Volunteer Fire Fighters Charitable Organization asking for donations, he immediately knew something was up.

That's because there is no such organization with that name that officially does business with the county. Curious as to who was making the calls, Wright asked the caller some questions.

"Which fire department are you associated with? Which fire association are you affiliated with? He couldn't provide me with any answers," Wright said.

FOX 8's Melissa Painter tried to get a straight answer, too, but the organization never returned several phone messages. Melissa went over to their Greensboro office in person, but after identifying herself, employees closed the door, ran to their cars and peeled out of the parking lot, saying they don't talk with the media.

Considering the station's track record with community service, this is not how charities normally greet station employees.


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