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'Scare Away Hunger' raises more than $1,200

By: Staff report
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On Friday, Nov. 6, the Food Bank of El Dorado received a donation of unusually spooky origin. A group of Cameron Park youths worked tirelessly in the weeks before Halloween to construct the "Scare Away Hunger" Haunted House. More than 800 people turned out on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, to tour the haunted house. Donations totaled more than $1,200 and hundreds of pounds of canned food. All the donations were given tot he food bank on Friday, Nov. 6. “I am ecstatic about how well this community responded to our Haunted House. It just goes to show that people, even now in this day and age, want to help those that are less fortunate,” said Kelly Meinz, a student at Folsom Lake College who helped with "Scare Away Hunger" construction. In the days preceding Halloween, a network of creepy corridors and passageways sprung up in the suburban backyard near the Cameron Park Library where the Haunted House was built. On the night of Halloween a long line of excited revelers stretched down the driveway and into the court where "Scare Away Hunger" took place, according to organizers. “Last year we raised just over $500 so we’re very pleased with this year’s success and with the outpouring help for the needy from this neighborhood” said Mason Thomas, whose parents have allowed their house to be ransacked for several years by the "Scare Away Hunger" crew. “On Friday night we had a mysterious woman show up, donate $200 and leave before our Haunted House even began!” said Kevin Meinz, Kelly’s twin brother.