Hours after children spent hours in sweltering heat for a bake sale, hundreds of dollars were stolen from a child care center at a Naugatuck church.
The money was supposed to pay for a family night out next week.
However, members of the community stepped in to help.
"The first time we were broken into, they pushed the whole air conditioning out," explained Maryanne Galardi, director, Salem Community Childcare Center.
"And when we came in Monday morning, this was all broken."
It was an alarming sight for Galardi, who said she came into work to find the childcare center she heads broken into for the second time in the last month.
"I just can't believe somebody would break into a church," she said.
Galardi has run the center for 10 years. It's part of Grace Lutheran Church in Naugatuck.
She said someone noticed the plexi-glass window on their office door had been punched.
"It was put back after they got into the office," Galardi said.
Unlike the first time when nothing was taken, more than $400 was missing from a safe to which only a handful of people know the combination.
"I went to go get the cash out to deposit from the bake sale and that's when I noticed it was completely gone," Galardi said.
She said the children raised the money during a bake sale in town just last week.
It was meant to go toward a drive-in movie night out, complete with popcorn, cotton candy and pizza.
An email was sent to the church community on Tuesday, letting parishioners know what happened. That's when the support came.
"We have more than enough for them to have their family night," said Tammee Gardiner, parish administrator, Grace Lutheran Church. "It's been nonstop since then."
As of Friday, the childcare center received $500 in donations.
The children will have their family night as planned.
In the meantime, police said they're working to track down a suspect.
"All we can do is move forward and the important thing is, the kids aren't going to miss out," Gardiner said.
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