A number of Southborough residents have reportedly received phone calls from a group saying they are soliciting funds for “Southborough troops overseas,” but local veterans and volunteers say the group is not affiliated with any known town organizations.
Lisa Braccio, who organizes twice-yearly troop drives to benefit those serving overseas, says the phone solicitors are not raising money for her troop drive, and she warns residents to be cautious.
“I just wanted Southborough residents to be clear that any donations they make to this organization is in no way associated with what our town does for the troops,” Braccio said via email.
Likewise, VFW Post 3276 Commander Steve Whynot said the group is not raising money for any of the veterans programs in town he knows about, and he urged residents to think carefully before giving the group any money.
“I personally do not trust any organization that solicits over the phone because only a small portion of the money collected actually goes to the organization,” Whynot said.