Community rallies behind local Cub Scout pack after $5K stolen
A community is pulling together after someone stole money from a group of Cub Scouts.
We're talking $5,000 gone from Pack 762 out of Elkhart County.
There was a chili dinner fundraiser Friday night to help these scouts get some of that money back.
A local group called Santa's Pantry-Pay it Forward helped organize it.
A 4-H club also stepped up to help.
These groups look for ways to give back and they thought this was the perfect opportunity.
Family, friends and even some strangers came out to show their support for Cub Scout Pack 762.
Forrest Ludwick is one of the scouts and he says, "I feel very thankful of everybody coming out here."
People were asked to donate whatever they thought was fair and in exchange they got to eat some chili, cornbread and dessert.
Most of the food and supplies were donated for the fundraiser.
Debbie Micola is with Santa's Pantry and she says, "When we read about what had happened to the scouts it really touched our hearts but also these scouts they've come out to different events that we had and helped us."
Selling popcorn is the major fundraiser for these Cub Scouts and so it was stressful for them and their parents when the money went missing.
Cub Scout Matthew Barkow says, 'I felt pretty sad because I needed some of the we all needed some of the money to get uniforms and help give back to the troop."
Ludwick says, "We all worked really hard to get that money raised."
The money they raise from selling popcorn goes toward a lot of things like membership fees.
The pack's committee chair is Ann Linley and she says, "We are coming into the season where we are starting to make deposits on summer camp. We have day camp and resident camp coming up and those deadlines are usually in April or May."
100 percent of the proceeds from the chili dinner will go to Pack 762.
They've already been working hard selling more popcorn.
People and businesses have also donated money to help the scouts get the $5,000 back.
The chili dinner raised $676 for pack 762.
The pack's committee chair says this puts them around the $5,000 mark for money raised since the funds were allegedly stolen.
Nicole Taylor of Goshen was arrested in this case.
She was the pack's former scoutmaster.
She's been charged with theft.
Prosecutors say she spent the money on fast food..
If you'd like to donate you can go to any 1st Source Bank and tell them you want to give money to the Boy Scouts of America Cub Pack 762 Fundraising Account.
The group has also set up a Paypal account at email@example.com