A t Sportscenter 481 in East Syracuse Dale Johnson, was finishing coaching one of his youth soccer teams yesterday afternoon. Once he stepped outside he found the drivers side window of his minivan open and six hundred fifty dollars stolen from inside his vehicle. This money was from a raffle for his non profit organization Tillie's Touch.
Johnson believes thieves targeted his car, knowing that raffle tickets for his organization were inside. Johnson's organization helps local refugees, paying for nearly 50 refugee children in Syracuse to play indoor and outdoor soccer. This city has the third highest refugee population in the country.
Tillie's Touch will buy kids cleats, shin guards and jerseys so they have the chance to play a sport. This theft is now setting Johnson back in his ability to help those in need.
" I get it, I understand that you need money, everybody needs money. Everybody needs especially around the holidays, I get it. But to steal from a non for profit , t o steal from a charity, because that's exactly what the person did. They stole from a charity they stole from kids. I personally I try to be a forgiving person, I try to be an understanding person, but in this situation I just don't understand it ," says Johnson.
Several neighbors from the community are already starting to help Johnson by raising 150 dollars for him.
If you would like to donate to Johnson, he can be reached at 254-8569. His mailing address for any donations is 111 Patton Ave. East Syracuse, 13057.