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Basketball Campers Get More Than Bargained For

"Feed the Children" charities provided boxes full of food and other personal care items for camp participants to take home.
/ Source: WEEK-TV

In a down economy, money is tight for families, and that can mean cutting back on fun summer activities. 550 kids were able to participate in a free basketball camp this week at George Washington Carver Community Center.

The Mitchell "J.J." Andersen All-Star Basketball Camp ended today with the children walking away with something else. "Feed the Children" charities provided boxes full of food and other personal care items for camp participants to take home.

"We've got some very difficult times in Peoria economically so we've got a lot of families that have what we consider to be food insecurities so this was an opportunity to assist some of the folks that are participating in the camp," said McFarland Bragg, II of the Community Action Agency.

NBA player OJ Mayo from the Memphis Grizzlies came Thursday to help distribute food and give the kids some words of encouragement. Mayo says it's important for these kids to keep dreaming, stay in school and listen to their parents.