A Girl Scout troop in Illinois learned some valuable lessons about people this weekend. After a day of cookie sales, someone stole hundreds of dollars they collected. But upon hearing the news they community came out to help in a big way.
Girl Scout troop 1347 always works hard to raise money during the Girl Scout cookie season. On Saturday, they spent a good part of the day at this Walgreens in cary where the troop sold nearly 80 boxes of cookies raising $417.
But when they started to pack up, their money suddenly disappeared.
Troop Leader Cindy McDonnell said "we had a tin for donations for cookies for the troops and we put that in one box and after we got everything into the car we looked into the box and the money envelope was gone."
Samantha Wageman of Girl Scout Troop 1347, said "we couldn't find it anywhere. We checked everywhere. It was no where so it could only have been stolen."
The troop called the Cary police who checked the store's surveillance tapes. It turned up nothing because the cameras did not point outside where the troop was selling cookies.
Nina Royales of Girl Scout Troop 1347, said "I was really upset that someone would do that to someone who hasn't done anything and has actually helped the community."
But once the story hit the newspaper, a local radio station gave the Girl Scout troop and second chance to sell the rest of their cookies at the same Walgreens Monday morning. The publicity not only helped them get back all the money they lost, but more which they plan to send to the Girl Scouts of Japan.
Cindy says "people came and bought our cookies and gave donation, after donation. It was just overwhelming."
Makenna Claypool of Girl Scout Troop 1347, said "that experience was like amazing because you see how good your community is to you."
Since Troop 1347 earned back all the money that was taken, they are asking anyone else who wants to help to please donate the money to Girl Scout troops in Japan. You can check out girlscouts.org to find out how.