Better Business Bureau and Delta Hospital Foundation would like to warn the community about misleading advertising concerning an activity book that is in the Lower Mainland area.
A local company reported receiving an invoice from the "Healing Hands Busy Book" claiming to be affiliated with the Delta Hospital.
The letter stated that it was "a reminder to follow on your order of 10 copies of the Healing Hands busy book to be sent to the children at Delta Hospital."
“Neither Delta Hospital nor the Foundation has any affiliation with this organization and we’ve had no contact with them,” said Teresa Cooper, Executive Director, Delta Hospital Foundation. “We greatly respect the rights and privacy of our donors and do not share donor information. Any contact our local businesses have received from this third party on behalf of Delta Hospital is not legitimate and we sincerely hope has not been acted upon.”
DPS Activity Publishing, Ltd, which does business under the name "Healing Hands Busy Book", is for-profit company operating out of Alberta. They are not a charity and do not have charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency. They solicit small businesses asking them for financial support through sponsorship of an activity book. They claim the books will reach sick children in area hospitals.
“We consider it a serious issue when a company is sending out invoices that appear to be connected to sick children in a hospital,” said Lynda Pasacreta, BBB President and CEO. “Not only are the children not benefiting, neither is the hospital. This company is misleading consumers in their advertising and it is not the first time.”
In 2003, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission won an injunction against DPS Activity Publishing Ltd, an Edmonton-based company that was marketing the Healing Hands, Busy Books scam.
Here are some tips when considering a donation:
· Donate to the appropriate organization. Legitimate donations to help the children in the Delta Hospital can be made by contacting the Foundation and making a donation to the Paediatrics Unit. Learn more about giving to charities by visiting us at www.bbb.org.
Learn more about giving to charities by visiting us at www.bbb.org.