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Money replaced for WWII veteran who had donation jar stolen

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The community stepped up to help a 91-year-old World War II veteran who had his donation jar stolen outside a busy grocery store.

Marion "Elle" Ellsworth was collecting donations for his VFW Post on Veterans Day.

He said he was set up outside the front door of the store and noticed a couple of teens who were acting suspicious.

A few minutes later, Ellsworth said, the teens went by and one of them grabbed his can of money and took off running.

"I'm from the greatest generation, and we weren't taught that way. It just blows my mind, and I can't understand taking somebody else's stuff to begin with, especially for a charity like this," said Ellsworth.

Well, his post hosted a turkey dinner to help replace some of the stolen money and they made it back and more, thanks to at least one very generous donation.

Pharaohs Street Rodders Car Club gave Ellsworth a check for $500.

"It's real important because all this money goes to help veterans," Ellsworth said.

Ellsworth believes the teens got away with between $50 and $100.

Many people were inspired by Ellsworth after what happened and stepped up to help.

"He reminds me of what wonderful people we have in this country who gave it all," said Carol Cima, who helped raise money.

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