FORT WAYNE – The jar probably had only about $100 in it when the man tucked it under his jacket inside the Coldwater Road convenience store.
It’s hard to believe, though, that he didn’t go into the Mac Food Mart without the idea of stealing the SCAN Duck Race donation canister. Temperatures on Monday were well over 80 degrees for most of the day, but he wore a jacket, underneath which he stuffed the nearly full canister.
Maybe he felt he needed it more than the abused kids and stressed-out, at-risk parents who benefit from SCAN’s programs. Stop Childhood Abuse and Neglect, as the agency is officially known, provides parent education, therapy and crisis services for parents, children and families who are at risk for or have experienced child abuse or neglect.
Through its programs, children are not left to deal with the emotional damage of being beaten, and parents learn how to better control their anger and prevent violence, according to a release from the organization.
So far this year, SCAN has collected $141,427 in necessary funding, with about $27,000 to go for the year to meet its goal, according to the release.
Each of those jars collects about $100 and brings in about $3,000 to the organization during the six weeks of the Duck Race campaign, according to the release.
SCAN’s annual Duck Race, a high-profile fundraiser sponsored by Weigand Construction, is Saturday.
Along with the purchase of ducks for the race, donors can put money in the collection jars placed around the area.
Whoever stole the jar can be thankful.
A police report was filed, and even though security video shows the man taking the canister when an employee’s back is turned, SCAN officials are not interested in pressing charges.
They’re just disappointed that the money won’t be there to help the children who need it.