Girl Scout troop touched by community support after Christmas trees stolen

A Girl Scout troop is receiving support from the community after Christmas trees were stolen from them. (WTHR Photo/Mary Milz)

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) — The Girl Scout motto is "be prepared."

It's one Troop 1898 learned firsthand this weekend after thieves stole 15 Christmas trees that were part of an annual fundraiser.

They were taken from the Carmel Lions Club at 141 East Main Street.

"There were hard questions. We were really relying on the money. Do we have to cancel the trip or pull back on the girl's Gold activity?" said Denisse Jensen, troop leader.

Money made selling the Christmas trees goes towards their high adventure trip. That helps them earn the Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts.

"To see potentially not getting the recognition because of this was very heartbreaking and we had a handful of tears," Jensen said.

But not for long. Instead it became a lesson in how to rise up from disappointment.

"We decided to to make it a great learning opportunity and we were very thankful for the community playing a large role in that," Jensen said.

On Sunday, Jensen created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the troop. As of Monday, the troop has already surpassed its goal of $1,245.

On top of that, the law firm across the street bought 16 trees and the Carmel Canine Club 15. As word spread Troop 1898 sold 60 trees in single day.

The response from the community has changed how the troop will remember this incident.

"Not so much of the Grinch trying to steal our Christmas but human kindness," Jensen said.

There are still trees and wreaths available to sell through Dec. 8. Here are the times they are open:

  • Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 6: 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 8: Noon to 8 p.m.

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