By FRANCA LEWIS
It's the season for consumers to use caution when donating to charities, Maryland Secretary of State John Willis said Wednesday during a visit to Hagerstown.
"The next six weeks is the time when a greater percentage of donations are given to charities," Willis said. "We want to encourage people to be generous, but we also want to help them make informed choices."
To make it easy to get information, the state offers a toll-free telephone line, 1-800-825-4510, to the Charities Organizations Division.
In addition, the division provides literature and a speaker's bureau about charitable giving, Willis said.
His office has also gone high-tech to bring information to residents with a home page on the Internet. The address is: