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Cool Kid brothers open young minds

December 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Michael and Nick Camarda are brothers who want to make the holiday special for needy kids in Orange County. Playthings are fun, but these cool kids wanted to give something better."All these kids are getting these toys and non-educational stuff. And no one's getting books. And with the illiteracy problem, we said, 'Let's give them books,'" said Nick and Michael.

The Camarda Bookcase is a way for the boys to get their entire area involved in donating and wrapping the books. In order to get to the most people, they found the Santa Ana Community Center's Christmas party.

"There were three different groups we could choose from and we chose the largest one, which was the Santa Ana. They were expecting 3,000 to 5,000. And it was more like 8,000," said Michael.

People who work with the community center every day saw the value of the brothers' efforts.

"Words can't explain how tremendous it is that these kids took their time and all this effort to put in all this work and individually wrap every book. I think it's amazing," said recreation supervisor Donna Schultze.

The Camarda boys appreciate the life they have. They also see it as a way to enrich the lives of those who could use a helping hand.

"These kids don't have a lot. And we in Orange County, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo -- We are privileged. And to give these people books, things they don't have, it's good," said Nick.

Opening a book could open a new world to young minds. Our Cool Kids Michael and Nic Camarda are opening their hearts to help.

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