GUEST VIEW: Can you trust who knocks at your door?

The following editorial appeared in the March 25 edition of the Grand Haven Tribune:

(TNS) Last week, authorities in Norton Shores began receiving complaints after a woman went door to door with a young girl, who said she was selling items to raise money for a class trip to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. That same young girl claimed to others that she was fundraising for a class trip to Cedar Point.

The same suspect has allegedly been seen sending two girls door to door with similar claims, providing catalogs for people to purchase home goods, candy or magazines. The only form of payment accepted, of course, is cash.

We live in a very generous, caring community where people have proven time and time again they’re more than willing to support projects both big and small.

When the Girl Scouts come knocking to pedal their cookies, we buy them. When the neighborhood kids come around soliciting money for Jump Rope for Heart or other fundraising opportunities, we help them out.

So, to see people preying on our generous nature by sending young kids around to do their dirty work is disheartening, and bordering on disgusting.

When people come soliciting on our front porch, we want to trust them, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do so.

It’s one more lesson that you can’t be too careful when it comes to whether you can trust someone or not.

It’s sad that we have to be wary of each and every youngster that now comes knocking on our door, but that’s becoming the reality of the world we live in.

That’s not to say we can’t remain a generous community. We can.

But be wary to whom you’re giving your hard-earned money to. Most likely, it’s someone with a legitimate cause and a real need for help.

But how do we know for sure?

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