Money pours in after charity tip jar stolen from Ind. cafe

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The manager of a Bloomington cafe where a tip jar containing money for disadvantaged schoolchildren was stolen says the theft has led to an outpouring of generosity.

The Pour House Cafe's tip jar with about $165 intended for school supplies and backpacks for needy children was stolen last Sunday.

After The Herald-Times reported Monday on the theft, cafe manager Lyne Brown says one man donated a new tip jar brimming with bills and coins, while another brought in a $165 check. Two days later, a woman donated a check for $300.

Brown says the theft "turned out to be a blessing in disguise."

All the donations will be used to buy backpacks for children in need through the local Salvation Army's Back to School Program.

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