Salvation Army warns of canvasser in Abbotsford

A woman has been going door-to-door selling small item, claiming that the funds will support the local agency.

The Salvation Army in Abbotsford has received two complaints that a woman is going door-to-door selling small items to raise money for the organization.

But spokesperson Deb Lowell said the agency has never heard of such a campaign and is concerned the woman might be collecting funds for herself.

Lowell said two unrelated callers reported that last Thursday (Sept. 6), a woman knocked on their doors on Capri Court in Abbotsford, and was selling items such as fridge magnets and clips for potato chip bags.

The woman suggested a donation of $7 to $10 on behalf of the Salvation Army. She was described as a slight, blonde woman in her 50s with her hair pulled back in a ponytail.

Lowell said the Sally Ann has received reports of this nature a couple times each year over the last three years. In none of these situations has an individual come forward to turn over funds raised through such a venture, she said.

Lowell said the Salvation Army has not conducted any door-to-door campaigns in the community for about 10 years.

The best way for anyone to support the organization is to donate by phone via the Centre of Hope at 604-852-9305 or online at careandshare.ca.