DANVILLE – The VFW is trying to keep its doors open after being robbed. Now the community is helping with donations. WCIA-3’s Lindsey Gordon has the story.
"It was our operating funds. Some call it 'petty cash,' but it’s what our daily operating funds were," said Phil Fletcher, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and commander for post 728.
Fletcher says they were robbed between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. Now they’re scrambling to make ends meet. He says it costs around $11,000 a month to run the place.
"It's really tight because of the economy right now and we're just trying really hard to keep the doors open and just keep everything going," said Fletcher.
He says there was a lot more money around than usual, because they hadn’t made a deposit yet. It’s not only a hit to the VFW, but a blow to the community. The post helps fund programs at the VA and area shelters.
Kara Fletcher has grown up at the VFW. Now that her parents run it, she’s more involved than ever.
"I was heart-broken. I just can't believe that someone would break into something that is veteran-oriented," she said.
She says instead of getting mad, she was proactive. She started an online fund for donations. In less than 24 hours, they got more than $2,000.
"I am overwhelmed with the generosity, we have had some really good donations today and I can't thank the community enough," she said.
Phil Fletcher says he’s hopeful they’ll be able to get some money back from insurance. They’re taking steps to make sure they keep as little cash on hand as possible going forward.