$5,000 Goes Missing after Holiday Fundraiser that Benefits Terminally Ill Children 1/13/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 13, 2013
Odessa - Vicky's Kids spent the holidays giving carriage and train rides all around Midland and Odessa.
They say it was a record year until $5,000 went missing. Now they're saying they barely broke even.
Tucked away in west Odessa you'll find Vicky's Kids, a primary care facility for terminally ill children.
To make ends meet, the facility holds fundraisers throughout the year.
"We do whatever it takes to make it for these kids," Vicky Thorp, owner of Vicky’s Kids said.
Every Christmas the facility gives carriage rides and train rides all over Midland and Odessa. Thorp says this year was one of their best.
"The people really came out, rode the carriages and helped us out a lot this year," she said. "It helps us to pay the bills and get whatever the kids need."
However after a long night of carriage rides, a good portion of their money made from that fundraiser went missing from their money bag, to the tune of $5,000.
"We lost some money this year which was unfortunate," Thorp said. "It took our profit away from us this year."
Thorp says they were planning to put that money towards a new roof and basic needs for the nine children in her care.
"It would have been nice if that money had not been taken," she said. "We're going recover from it and we're going to go on."
With the money gone and no possible leads to whom might have taken it, Thorp says she'll do whatever it takes to make sure her kids are taken care of.
Vicky's Kids does take donations.
They say their major needs right now are hygiene products for the children such as baby wipes, shampoo and body wash.
Vicky’s Kids is located at 11049 W. Hoffman in Odessa. For more information call: 432-580-9070.