ELKHART - Santa's Pantry, a local non-profit, and Pay It Forward 4H Club hosted a chili dinner fundraiser for a cub scout group that had $5,000 stolen from them last year, according to The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU.
The event at Eastwood Elementary School raised $676 dollars for Cub Scout Pack 762 on Friday. Local scout packs, restaurants, businesses and community leaders also chipped in by supplying chili ingredients, plates, cutleries and money donations.
That's in addition to the $1,775 in donations which the group received after The Elkhart Truth published an article about how their former cubmaster Nicole Taylor stole a year's worth of funds from them.
"I felt pretty sad," Cub Scout Matthew Barkow told WNDU. "We all need some of the money to get uniforms, to go to resident camp, all the camps."
Taylor spent the money the scouts had raised selling popcorn at fast food restaurants and grocery stores. She appeared in Elkhart Superior Court 6 for her initial hearing on Wednesday, April 2. Taylor is charged with theft and, if convicted, will face up to three years in prison.
An account named "Boy Scouts of America 762 Fundraising Account" has been set up at 1st Source Bank for anyone who wishes to donate to the group.
To read about the chili fundraiser, visit WNDU.