A Franklin township resident received a letter from the Volunteer Firefighter Alliance asking for donations on behalf of Lehighton Area Fire Departments. But when we contacted three different fire departments near Lehighton, they all are telling people NOT to donate money to them.

   Lehighton Fire Chief Patrick Mriss says this Volunteer Firefighter Alliance has never reached out to him or his fire department. The same is true for the Mahoning Valley and Franklin Township Fire Company.

   All three fire departments say their mailing fundraisers are clearly marked where they come from and the money should be sent straight to the fire company, but anywhere else.