Hawaii Meth Project Warns Public About Impersonators Soliciting Cash Donations from Residents on Maui

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HONOLULU – December 6, 2013 – The Hawaii Meth Project is warning the public about impersonators in the Wailuku area who are soliciting cash contributions purportedly for the “Baldwin High School Meth Project.”

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, two males who appeared to be in their teens approached a home in the Kehalani community south of Wailuku. The teenagers knocked on the door and told the woman who answered that they were fundraising for the Meth Project at Baldwin High School. When the woman agreed to provide a contribution via check, the males replied that they only accepted cash, raising suspicion with the woman who then politely declined. After notifying the Hawaii Meth Project, the woman filed a report with the Maui County Police Department.
Representatives of the Hawaii Meth Project do not make unsolicited requests from strangers on the street, at their homes or their places of business. Anyone who is approached and asked to provide a cash donation to the Hawaii Meth Project is encouraged to politely decline and report the incident to local police immediately.
“We believe that fundraising should only be done through a relationship that is built between an authorized representative of the Hawaii Meth Project and an informed potential donor who has learned about what we do and is inspired to give,” said David Earles, executive director of the Hawaii Meth Project.
The Hawaii Meth Project relies on the financial support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to achieve its objective of reducing first-time meth use. To contribute to a program that is having a powerful impact in changing attitudes and reducing meth use, visit www.hawaiimethproject.org/Donate/.
About the Hawaii Meth Project 
The Hawaii Meth Project is a non-profit organization that implements large-scale, research-based campaigns and community action programs to reduce methamphetamine use in the state. Central to its integrated campaigns is MethProject.org—a definitive source for information about meth for teens. The Hawaii Meth Project is affiliated with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national non-profit organization working to help families solve the problem of teen substance abuse. For more information, visit HawaiiMethProject.org.