Donors aid day-care center after charity funds stolen

first_img [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – More than $3,000 has been collected by a Valencia day-care center to replace the $584 stolen in a weekend burglary, the missing money earmarked for a charity that makes wishes come true for seriously ill children. “It’s amazing how people are helping,” Cecile Keakley, director of La Petite Academy, said Wednesday. “We’ve had many phone calls and checks arrive in response to people hearing about the break-in.” One of the donations came from La Petite’s chief executive officer,Gary Graves, who wrote a check for $584. The money was being collected for a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “He knows how much effort our children and parents put into this. La Petite has partnered with Make-A-Wish since 2003,” she said. “We usually host an event in the fall and the spring to raise money for them.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The money taken was cash collected at a recent fall festival at the center. Keakley said the center was close to its goal of a $2,000 donation, with the rest of the money in checks that the burglars did not touch. Since the story hit the media, more than $2,400 has poured into the office from various sources. “We will be sending those donations off right away,” she said. Sheriff’s technicians dusted the site for fingerprints, but have not come up with any leads. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 last_img read more