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Fundraising begins for Tahoe search and rescue team

Staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Placer County Sheriff Office's Search and Rescue teams have started their annual telemarketing fundraising drive throughout the county, beginning in Lake Tahoe.

This year, Search and Rescue is hoping to purchase mobile communications equipment for the Lake Tahoe area, according to a Placer County press release.

"Search and Rescue volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to locate lost hikers, skiers and anyone else who may need assistance in Placer County's thousands of acres of wilderness," officials said.

Telephone solicitors will be calling county residents to ask for donations. Anyone wishing to make a donation will be sent a pre-addressed envelope. Callers will not ask for credit card information.

Donations should only be sent to the following addresses: P.O. Box 4150, Auburn, CA, 95604; or P.O. Box 1710, Tahoe City, CA 96145.

During recent fundraising efforts, another company calling themselves "Search and Rescue Charities" led donors to believe that they were donating to Placer County, according to the press release.

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"This is not the case, and anyone interested in donating to the local search and rescue efforts needs to make sure they are giving to 'Placer County Search and Rescue," officials said.

For information, contact Search and Rescue Community Services Officer Katrina Kane at 530-889-7846.