We’re learning what happened to the dough for the dough. Parents who made cookie orders for a youth football program asked Fact Finders to investigate where the money went. Fact Finders reported Tuesday night that the dough maker hadn't been paid. The head coach explained Wednesday what happened.
When 6-year-old Nolan Miller took the field this fall, his mother worried about injury to her family's reputation. "They shouldn't be worrying about anything but the game. They shouldn't be worrying about such and such mom wants to know where her cookie dough is."
During a fundraiser for Omaha Jackal Youth Football, mom Carliss Miller collected $464 from 18 friends, family and co-workers who bought tubs of cookie dough. "I fund-raised for my kids and they gave me the money trusting I would deliver them a product and basically I don't have anything to give to them."
Miller said she gave the fundraising money to Jackal coach Delvin Thompson. The cookie manufacturer received an order from the organization on October 22nd, but an Otis Spunkmeyer spokesman told Fact Finders that despite a promise that a check had been mailed, the company didn't get money to fill the orders. No dough means no dough can be shipped.
“Now, I have to call them back and say the reality is, I guess, he never placed the order and I don't know what he did with the money,” says Miller.
Thompson claims he had to call an audible when many parents didn't pay for their kids to play. "If you only have 25 people pay out of 105 kids, what do you want me to do?” What Thompson did was not send in money to fill the cookie orders and instead used the cash for program expenses.
“Because league fees were due and insurance was due and we didn't have any equipment. I had to buy all my equipment for all my kids this year.”
Thompson plans to send a thank you note to everyone who purchased cookie dough with an explanation that he had to use that money to keep the program afloat, along with a promise that orders will be filled.
Thompson says he only spent the cookie money to keep the kids on the field. “Obviously done for the kids, it wasn't done for me. I should have communicated better with the parents, also with the consumers, who bought the cookie dough.”
Miller filed a police report. Thompson said he can provide receipts to show the money for the cookie dough orders was spent on the youth football program.