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      Chili Cookoff Helps Foster Kids Find Encouragement

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      A unique fundraiser is helping give troubled youth a chance to find hope in a camp setting.

      Hastings residents got served up a heaping bowl of chili and cinnamon rolls on Sunday, all to raise money for The Royal Family Kids Camp. The camp promotes a positive reinforcement for kids in the foster system who have experienced abuse and neglect.

      Organizers say while this is a fun event, ultimately it's for at risk kids to feel good about themselves.

      "Just a lot of fun activities," said youth camp director Daniel Buhr. "But it's all centered on encouraging and helping them to overcome some of the lies that they've been told in who they are and that they are valuable."

      "We just feel like it's important to come and provide a place that's safe and just be cared for -- maybe for some of these kids, maybe the first time in their lives," said teen camp director Andy Perdew. "And we just feel like it's very important to pour into these kids."

      Funds from Sunday's event will help both the existing camp for children, and a newly formed camp for kids from 12 to 15 years old.

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