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OKLAHOMA -- A boy scout trailer stolen, right out of a church parking lot. But what the criminals took, the community has given back and then some.

The donations include a gift card from a major retail chain, worth thousands of dollars.

"I mean, you know the Lord takes care of us, and the community takes care of us," said scout master Bob Albauer.

The trailer was stolen in January, from outside the St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Bethany. It was filled to the brim with camping supplies.

"It's the Lord's house, and it's still the Lord's property," said Bryce, member of Troop 553. "It's also stealing from the Boy Scouts."

The trailer is still nowhere to be found, but it's not keeping this troop down, thanks to some generous scout supporters.

"You can tell there's a lot of scout spirit in Oklahoma," said Albauer. "I wouldn't be afraid to say that we've had over 100 people donate one way or another."

Donations poured in from Edmond, Norman, Mustang, even Academy Sports and Outdoors on N.W. 63rd in OKC.

"Once we heard about what happened to the troop, we wanted to see if there was any way we could get involved," said Scott Sherrill, manager of logistics at Academy.

So, with the green light from their corporate office, Academy donated a gift card worth $5,000.

"She said well, I thought I ought to let you know how much the donation is," explained Albauer. "I said... Did you wanna give me a coronary?"

"We were just thrilled that we were able to do something, to be able to help them get back to the fun activities that the troop was wanting to do," said Sherrill.

Now, with a warehouse filled with supplies, Bob says the troop is almost set.

"So we're fitted, all we need is a trailer now."

With a pancake breakfast fundraiser this weekend, they hope to buy a trailer in the near future.

The breakfast will be in the St. Mark's United Methodist Church this Saturday, Feb. 14th, from 7-11:30 a.m.

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