NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT)- The New Haven community raised over $19 thousand dollars in less than 48 hours for a little league baseball association.
"This is the exact reason why we're here is to do good things in the community, especially for children," said New Haven Community Foundation Board Member Wes Anderson.
"It's been outstandingly overwhelming," said New Haven Baseball Association Joe Kline.
All this, after the New Haven Baseball Association filed a civil lawsuit in Allen Superior Court against former members who allegedly stole $19,000.
"There's no receipts, sporadic deposits on the bank accounts for concession money and just none of it added up," said Kline.
42-year-old Michael Delong, the former president faces a felony theft charge.The former vice president Tammy Criswell also allegedly participated in the theft. They both stepped down in July 2017.
"It hurt. It hurt our registration a little bit this year," said Kline.
Wes Anderson, a New Haven Community Foundation board member created the GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000 after the board donated $2000 to the little league.
"The New Haven Baseball Association would surely put this money to great use in the community, so if you're willing and able to donate money, that would be fantastic," said Anderson.
Kline says he's extremely grateful for the community's support. Not only have people donated money, but also their time.
"We have people volunteering to umpire games, work concession stands to make us not have to pay for that stuff."
The first league game is April 21 at Havenhurst Park.