Luther teacher: Thief steals food meant for FFA fundraiser

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LUTHER, Okla. - A thief allegedly stole food meant for a FFA fundraiser.

Holly Drake is the FFA teacher for Luther Schools.

On Wednesday, she walked into the concession area of the AG bus barn to get a ham and turkey to donate.

She says she had tons of food crammed into the freezer in there.

It was all part of a fundraiser the Future Farmers of  America or FFA was doing.

“There was hams, turkeys. There was hot links, there’s tamales,” said Drake.

But when she opened the freezer, almost all of it was gone.

“I was pretty angry. It’s really frustrating because our group does so much community service and we do a lot for this town. And if anybody would’ve come to us and said, 'We’re having a hard time, we could use some help,' we would’ve helped them out,” said Drake.

So far, Drake has totaled up that about $1,500 worth of food was taken.

That money is used for FFA trips to conventions and to show animals and for class supplies.

Paytyn McLaughlin is the FFA treasurer and was the top fundraiser for her chapter, raising more than $1,000.

“To come into your shop where you’ve raised that money personally and have someone take it, it just digs deeper,” said McLaughlin. “And it’s heartbreaking to find out someone would steal from us because we do so much for our community and we care.”

There was no forced entry to steal the food.

Drake believes the door was accidentally left unlocked.

They’ve now beefed up security at the  barn and she says they don’t really expect the food to be returned.

“It’s right before Thanksgiving. Somebody needs some hams and turkeys. So we’re pretty much going to wipe our hands from it, learn from it and move on,” said Drake.

Whoever took the food also stole an air compressor used to fill the bus tires.


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