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Fundraiser dinner held for Cub Scout troop that had funds stolen

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Bowls of chili handed out on Friday night at Eastwood Elementary School in Elkhart were all to help a local Cub Scout Troop. According to an affidavit, former Cub Scout Pack 762 leader, Nicole Taylor, stole over 5 thousand dollars from the Pack's banking account. Police say that most of the money was spent at fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Dairy Queen.  

Cristol Valdez has two sons in Pack 762 and says she was in shock when she heard the news of Taylor's actions. "To learn that it's been stolen from someone that you trusted was extremely disheartening," Valdez said.  

Committee Chair for Pack 762 Ann Linley says it was a difficult situation to explain to her troop members because of how young the boys are. "Because we're dealing with first through fifth graders, I don't think that they have a complete concept," Linley said. "I think what they were seeing was the stress from the parents and the leadership."

As news of the situation broke, community support started to pour in for Pack 762. Santa's Pantry and its volunteers decided to host the dinner since the organization has a past with the Boy Scouts. "I'm going to get emotional," Santa's Pantry President Debbie Micola said. "We've worked with these boys in the past and they do amazing things for the community." 

All proceeds collected from the event will go to Pack 762. "Hopefully with this event we can show them that just because there's one bad apple out there everyone is not like that," Micola said.

 A number of donations from community members as well as local businesses have donated to make up for the loss. "It's one of those things that's kind of bitter sweet because something tragic happened but in the end you see all the love that has been shown to them from the community," Valdez said. 

Micola says Santa's Pantry was collecting money and the pack members were selling popcorn to raise the 5 thousand dollars.  She says that they have raised over 1,700 dollars. The money stolen would have been used for uniforms and camp registration.

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