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Heroes Camp finds their own heroes to help them with facility

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 It was nearly two weeks ago when a devastating storm swept through Michiana. More than 70,000 people were without of power for days. People are still cleaning up the storm damage, but one group in particular lost nearly everything... until Heroes Camp found their own heroes.

Eleven twisters were to have touched in Michiana almost two weeks ago. One of those twisters looks like it could have started in a Mishawaka gymnasium. "Video surveillance shows an actual vortex going through the building, swirling everything around," says Director of Heros Camp PJ Perri. He says the first time he walked into the gym and saw all the damage, it was defeating. Perri says Heroes Camp's facility is looking at between $200,000 to $400,000 dollars in damage.

"When I saw that PJ and the camp were in trouble, well, it's a natural. You open up your doors and you make it happen," says South Bend Career Academy Principal Chad Addie. He says the decision was easy. At no charge, the school has Heroes Camp as their guests till they bounce back. Addie says, "If you're a community, you need to be a community."
    
Two weeks ago, Heroes Camp Founder Patrick Magley said two weeks ago he was worried kids like Andre Brown would lose the benefits Heroes Camp brings to kids. But now, he says thanks to the Career Academy, he can rest easy.

Heroes Camp has been around for 25-years, and right now, he says they help over 10,000 young kids. Magley says the camp mentors young kids who are surrounded by violence or without a father. They play basketball, give haircuts, have a bible study, and give the kids a meal after school. Magley says stores and restaurants in the community have offered their help, too. "We feed, we send food home through Sam's Club, through Jimmy John's, through Hungry Howie's," he says.
    
For kids like Andre Brown, he's happy he'll still get to see his friends and shoot hoops. He says he's grateful for the community helping Heroes Camp rebound from their disaster. "It is an honor. Heroes Camp... God made this so we thank God for this," says Brown.



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