The Placer County Sheriff's Office announced that its search and rescue teams have started their annual countywide fundraising drive, beginning in the Lake Tahoe area.
Search and rescue volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to find lost hikers, skiers and others who may need assistance in the county's thousands of acres of wilderness, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
This year, the teams hope to purchase mobile communications equipment for the Lake Tahoe area.
Telephone solicitors will be calling Placer County residents to ask for donations.
Anyone wishing to contribute will be sent a pre- addressed envelope. Sheriff's officials note that callers will not ask for credit card information.
Donations should be sent only to P.O. Box 4150, Auburn, CA, 95604; or P.O. Box 1710, Tahoe City, CA, 96145.
During recent fundraising efforts, another company calling itself "Search and Rescue Charities" led some donors to believe that they were donating to Placer County. Sheriff's officials say people interested in donating to local search and rescue efforts need to make sure they are giving to "Placer County Search and Rescue."
For more information, call Katrina Kane, search and rescue community services officer, at (530) 889-7846.
Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.