ELKHART — After hearing that local Cub Scouts had more than $5,000 stolen from them, the Elkhart community stepped up to make it right.
Cub Scout Pack 762 has received $1,775 in donations since The Elkhart Truth published a story about how former cubmaster Nicole Taylor stole a year's worth of funds from the pack's bank account.
"To be honest, we've had a tremendous outpouring of support," Ann Linley, the pack's leader, said on Friday, March 28. "The boys know that the community is supportive of their scouting."
Parents of the scouts found out in January that Taylor had drained the pack's bank account and spent the boys' money on fast food.
Without that money, the scouts would not be able afford to buy new uniforms or go to camp, among other things.
But with the donations and money the pack still hopes to raise by selling popcorn again, the boys will be able to do their usual activities, Linley said.
The pack will sell popcorn at Lowe's in Goshen from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Santa's Pantry, a local non-profit, and the Pay It Forward 4-H Club also came forward to help pack 762.
The groups are organizing a chili dinner fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. April 4. The dinner is at Eastwood Elementary School, 53215 C.R. 15, and all proceeds will go to the scouts.