Tyler Perry Helps Scouts Replace Stolen Gear

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Cub Scouts jump for joy when they learn Tyler Perry donated $10,000 to replace stolen equipment.
ATLANTA - Thieves hauled away trailers belonging to a DeKalb County Cub Scout troop, but Atlanta movie mogul Tyler Perry quickly brought back their dreams of a wilderness adventure.

Someone took two trailers loaded with scout camping equipment from the parking lot of Clairmont Hills Church.

Perry saw the story and called Channel 2 Action News on Tuesday morning asking to help.

Hours later a representative from Tyler Perry studios presented the scouts with check for $10,000. Studio President Ozzie Areu said the check came from Perry's personal account.

"Man, I can't believe Tyler Perry cares for us so much that he would give us that much money," said scout Jackson Bell.

Cub master Derek Bell told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh he believed someone hooked up their truck to the trailers and just drove off.

"Tents, sleeping bags, cooking gear, stoves, tarps, everything you would need to take 30 to 40 people camping," Bell said of the contents.

Bell told Kavanaugh it would cost about $4,000 to replace everything that was stolen.

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