Local group raises money for foster children
By Russ Edem 530News –
Many groups host fundraisers for many different causes, but one local group raises money to help send area foster children to a week-long camp.
The First Assembly of God Church hosted its Royal Family Kids Camp 5k walk/run last Saturday in Great Bend.
The event is to help raise money and awareness to foster children in the area,
The money raised is used to send young people to camp, where they can enjoy the outdoors and be with caring adults who will show them they are loved.
“This event is very important. It is our biggest fundraiser for sending these children to camp in the summer,” volunteer Melissa Ewing said
“If I had to sum up what an entire week of camp means to me
personally, it is about connecting, loving and letting children from hard places know ‘yes you matter and yes your are important.’”
The 5k run/walk started at 7 a.m. on April 15 at Brit Spaugh Park. There were
over 150 registrations and 39 business sponsors.
“The turnout for the event was great. It was so wonderful to see everyone come out and help us raise awareness for such a great cause,” Ewing said.
What is Royal Family Kids?
According to Royal Family Kids, three to five people from well-established and respected churches attend an intense week-long Royal Family Kids directors’ training camp.
Once training is completed the churches raise funds, recruit and launch their own local Royal Family Kids
Camp serving foster children ages 6-12 in their local community.
Each church is responsible for and operates its own camp.
Royal Family Kids Camps and Mentoring Clubs are located in more than 40 states providing foster kids with a life-changing camp experience.
Throughout the school year campers and their mentors attend a once a month Mentoring Club meeting. Mentoring Club is a place where a camper can reconnect with many of the participating staff members from camp as well as build lasting friendships with the other Mentoring Club Kids.
The process begins with building awareness with your church. Children of abuse, abandonment and neglect are not just in International countries.
The Camps and Mentoring Clubs consist of Christian volunteers from local churches who give of themselves to invest in the lives of hurting children. People can give a child hope in the midst of their hurt and pain with your words of encouragement, care, and time.
If people are interested in volunteering for camp they can call Ewing at 620-786-0687. The deadline to volunteer for camp is May 26. This is to make sure there is enough time to get the training the volunteers have to go through in order to attend camp. The camp is scheduled for July 3-7.