Boy and girl scouts get unexpected donation

1:19 AM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
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Clearwater, Florida -- After having their adventure trailer stolen, a local boy and girl scout troop got an unexpected donation.

Clearwater Troop 222's adventure trailer was stolen a couple weeks ago. They used the trailer for their camping and canoeing trips all year round. The trailer was even marked with the boy scouts scoutmaster's name and number.

"So whoever did it, knows who they stole it from," said scoutmaster Louis Mihalinec.

A trailer shop owner from Largo and former boy scout, Jim O'Dell, saw the need to help them. O'Dell's family has been selling trailers since 1960 and he donated a $2,200 trailer to the scouts.  

"How could someone with a heart like the rest of us Americans take something from an organization like the boy and girl scouts?" said O'Dell.

"I just know how important it is and how hard it is for these guys to raise the funds and then to get their dreams taken away is so heartbreaking," said O'Dell. "So as hard as it was we just had to step forward and do it."

"You go through all the emotions of being upset angry, wonder what you could have done differently but then you get the phone call from somebody trying to help you out and there is good people in the world," said scoutmaster Mihalinec.

The troop includes 60 kids with ages ranging from elementary school age to 21-year-old scouts.

The scoutmaster says if it weren't for the generous donation the troop would have had to fundraise to buy a new trailer and that could have taken years. 

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