Apr 27, 2013 1:16 PM by Erin Steuber
A Lafayette girl scout troop is turning to the community for help after their cookie money was stolen.
Now, the troop is having to skip a trip they worked so hard for all year.
After three weekends and more than 35-hundred boxes of cookies, cookie sales came to an end for Troop 586, but there was a problem.
"We realized we were over $853 short and we also had cookies left over we hadn't sold
at the least I didn't even want to tell them this happened because girl scouts is supposed to be an empowerment to teach them positivity to teach them to be a role model to them and the last thing I wanted, the last message I wanted to give them was that their hard work was to the benefit of somebody else," said Troop Leader Rachael Cox.
Now, the troops long awaited trip to Schlitterbahn Water Park in Texas is in jeopardy
"I was really excited cuz it was fun and we actually worked really hard," said nine-year-old Riley Hayden.
Chole Cox, age seven, was looking forward to having fun with her girl scout friends and her mom.
The funds were going to pay for each girl and a parent to go on the trip together.
"I'm really upset I don't know why anyone would ever do something like that," said seven-year-old Kimory Bonin.
Now, Troop Leader Rachel Cox is hoping to turn this into a learning experience for her girls by raising money through hard work.
Because the troop sold cookies at eight separate locations they're not sure where it went missing. But in order to help regain some of those funds, Girl Scout Troop 586 will be selling homemade pork jambalaya for $6 Sunday at the Robicheaux Center in Lafayette, located at 1919 Eraste Landry Road. The girls will also be selling cookies and other baked goods.