NEW LONDON — Donors have come forward to help The Link successfully replace several thousand dollars' worth of money stolen earlier this summer during a fundraiser.

The Link said Monday that more than $10,000 has been received, enough to make up for $9,200 that went missing at its Rib Fest event in June.

The Link's insurance company paid $5,000 and community donors came forward with the rest.

"We are incredibly grateful to be in a community that responded so generously in a time of need," said Randy Freiborg, board chairman, in a statement Monday.

"Summer is a time of increased financial stress on many households, especially seniors on fixed incomes and families with children," Freiborg said. "These funds have made it possible to provide seamless services to children, families and seniors in need."

The Willmar Area Community Foundation made two gifts: $1,000 from its general fund and $1,000 from the New London-Spicer Area Fund. The remaining $3,000 came from local businesses, individual donors and a local church.

The Link said Monday that the board of directors and staff have identified new procedures to safeguard funds raised at future events. At this time, the case has been listed as inactive by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office as all leads have been explored.

The Rib Fest is The Link's biggest summer fundraising event. The event this year raised over $25,000 total.

The Link is a faith-based organization based in New London that focuses on engaging the community and serving people in need in northern Kandiyohi County.