Letter: FOP No. 14 wants to help make sure calls are legit

By on May 14, 2009

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 14 is a fraternal, nonprofit, charitable organization that is made up of members of the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

We have been in existence and chartered with the state of Illinois since 1966. Lodge No. 14 solicits by phone calls year round. Our callers request donations to support our lodge’s charities and programs. The calls are made by personnel we hire, and not by a police or corrections officer.

Our primary program each year, and over the last 20 years, has been the “Shop-with-a-Cop” Program. Each year, officers have taken needy families shopping at Christmas time. We also have other groups and organizations that we have helped support, or continue to support, through your donations. Some of these are, but not limited to, American Red Cross Salvation Army, Hesed House, Lazarus House, local youth sports teams, Boy Scouts of America, Child ID, car seat programs, elder abuse prevention, elderly Easter food baskets, FOP Easter egg hunts, Easter Seals, Thanksgiving ham and turkey giveaway and the Association of Individual Development.

Should you receive a telephone solicitation that seems unusual or that you have questions about, you may call our lodge at (630) 466-0671. If our staff is not there, please leave us a message and you will receive a return call. You may contact the Sheriff’s Department at (630) 232-6840 and ask to speak with an FOP lodge officer. Check your caller ID if available and the name of the person who called you as that will help us determine if the call was from us or someone else. Always ask if all monies go to Lodge No. 14. If not, it may be a fraudulent call.

We want you to call if there are any questions, as we depend on you for our ability to help the community, through your donations.

Tom Bumgarner
FOP No. 14