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Kids go to summer camp thanks to donation

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A donation from Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees Victor and Octavio Carvalho has made it possible for 15 Germantown youths to go to summer camp. The $5,000 donation to the Germantown Neighborhood Center will allow the kids to attend two weeks of overnight camp at Camp Burgess & Hayward on Cape Cod, interacting with youths from around the South Shore. The hope is also to expose kids to activities they may not have done otherwise, including kayaking, camping, hiking, and archery. According to Victor Carvalho, one of the owners of the original Dunkin’ Donuts in Quincy along with others on the South Shore, the company has been involved with the center for some time, but it was important for the pair to give back in this way. “We sat down with [Germantown Executive Director] Kathy Quigley and she explained the program to us,” Victor said. “We got involved with the center, we felt the children weren’t experiencing things some regular kids or some kids better off were experiencing. . . . We felt that going away to camp is something, you get a bit of life lessons. It’s just a bit of growing and something as simple as roasting marshmallows is something these kids don’t have the opportunity to do.” Carvalho was pleased to hear the money would go such a long way. “It makes me very pleased,” he said. “The more, the merrier.”

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