Anonymous donor gives back after YMCA theft

We first brought you the story of a veteran who had money stolen out of his locker at the Glenwood YMCA.  Now, an emotional follow-up.

We became emotional speaking with Kale about the incident, but we weren't the only ones.  

Kale Fisher enjoys his evening workouts at the Glenwood YMCA, but his typical evening run goes south once he returns to the locker room.  His locker was wide open.

"I have PTSD," explains Fisher, "and sometimes I forget things, so I thought I just forgot to lock it." Until, he spotted his lock in the trash can next to his locker.  It was cut with bolt cutters.

Fisher had hundreds of dollars stolen.  "It was going towards my wife's classroom.  She's a new teacher here in the district, so..."

The couple had just gotten married a few weeks ago.  Fisher planned on surprising his new wife by using the last of their wedding money for her classroom.

After seeing our story on the news, one viewer felt compelled to help Kortnie and Kale, so he stopped by our station... with a gift in hand.  Traci Teudhope says, "What he said was, 'what happened is terrible and I hope this helps.' And, he wanted it to go to her to help in her classroom."

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated a generous amount of money to Kortnie and Kale.

"I wanted to cry," Kortnie tells us.  "I always want to give my students everything that they need to be successful."

As for Kale, he says he's still emotional.  "I'm just trying to hold it in and deal with it, but like Kortnie said, once you guys leave, it's a whole different situation."

Kortnie is excited to start her year at Jefferson Elementary School, teaching students with autism.  

Thank you to the anonymous donor, for restoring the community's hope and helping a veteran keep his faith.  And for helping a new teacher begin her career the way she feels she should.


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