Area residents showed recently that they weren’t going to let a thief ruin Christmas for many needy area children.
Last month, a man who is being sought by Ocala police stole hundreds of dollars from the Toys for Tots fund at a Wendy’s restaurant located on E State Road 40.
But while that thief remains on the loose and still is being sought by the Ocala Police Department, a couple of area residents decided to take matters into their own hands as far as the money was concerned.
Recently, area residents Tim Phillips and his daughter, Saniah, stopped by the police department to donate $500 donation to Toys for Tots. James Rogers Jr., of Insulco Insulation, also pitched in with $250 – all part of the effort to turn a negative into a positive and replace the money that was stolen.
Ocala Police still are looking for the Wendy’s thief and are asking the public for help. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 369-7000.