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April 23, 2013

Woman falsely soliciting on behalf of charity

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — United Stockings Sailors Soldiers is not asking for donations at this point, even though there has been a woman going around asking local businesses for monetary gifts, said U.S.S.S. founder Teresa Manna.

The group fills Christmas stockings for the military, often with non-perishable foods, sunglasses, personal items, clothing, tools and Christmas items. Stockings have been sent to American troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Italy, Korea, deployed naval ships and bases on American soil.

United Stockings takes all kinds of donations. Many local businesses and organizations have been generous, Manna said. But recently, a person not associated with U.S.S.S. has been going around asking for financial donations on behalf of the group.

The group isn’t taking any donations for 2013 yet, so the person is acting without the consent of U.S.S.S., Manna said.

”We are not soliciting,” she said.

Manna said she found out when a local businessperson contacted her asking Manna about the donations. To counter this, Manna said anyone asking for donations for the group will have an identification badge with Manna’s signature.

”We’re doing something for the military and someone is stealing from the military,” Manna said. “I’ve got a problem with that. We need it to stop.”

If a person has any questions, they can contact Manna at 438-8075 or on the U.S.S.S. Facebook page. The group’s email is usss.stockings@yahoo.com.

Manna said charges will be filed against the individual.