Calgary police say people who they believed were soliciting money for a fraudulent charity are in fact associated with a legitimate organization raising funds for the flood-devastated Philippines.

On Tuesday police issued a release asking for help from the public in locating the group who had been “aggressively soliciting donations” in Tuscany and Valley Ridge for the Children’s Joy Foundation. 

Police said they were unable to verify the legitimacy of the charity.

However, in a follow-up release issued Wednesday, police said the organization is in fact registered with the Canada Revenue Agency.

“It has been determined that they are collecting money for children in need in the Philippines and the six individuals are travelling across the country, volunteering for the foundation,” police said.

Police say Calgarians approached by people looking for donations should ask for:

  • The organization’s charitable number.
  • The option of a tax receipt, prior to providing a donation.
  • Visible identification.
  • Contact information for the organization including phone number and address.