This solicitation could be legit. Just in case it’s not, “Concerned Neighbor” wanted to share the story of the solicitor who turned up on their doorstep – read on:
I live on Delridge Wy, around Andover. I just had a man knock at my door, with a woman standing on the sidewalk waiting.
He said that they were out passing out information on a program that the local high schools were coordinating on, that will help keep teens off tobacco and “to stay away from gangs and guns and stuff.” Speaking very quickly, nervously, he handed me a flyer that looks legit, (although it was printed in 2008) from Philip Morris. It was a “Tip Sheet on how to keep teens from smoking.” Nothing about either of the high schools on it. He said they would be around in the neighborhood this next week, with trash bags, cleaning up all the cigarette butts and trash etc. However, then he asked if I could donate to the cause, that any amount of money would help. “Cash or a penny even.”
Now if this is for real, I will go out and donate trash bags that I have bought myself; however, it didn’t make me feel comfortable to have the guy standing at my door, while I would’ve needed to go into my kitchen from my door, to retrieve money or change, leaving him with an open chance to come on in and … whatever. I may be a bit paranoid, but went with my gut on this one. I just wanted to tell you guys in case anyone else has this happen now in the neighborhood.
Comments appreciated if you know whether this is something legit. Thanks!