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Camelot for Children gets a new lease on life

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A safe haven for hundreds of local families won't be closing its doors after a generous donation from local philanthropists.

A few weeks ago, Camelot for Children, a nonprofit organization for ill, handicapped, or disabled children, said it was out of cash and going out of business.

But now Camelot has a new lease on life.

American Bank, Jaindl Enterprises, and the Waterfront are teaming together to commit over $100,000 of financial support.

"We knew right then this is something we wanted to get involved in and try to help them get this back on track and be able to provide the services they've been providing for the last 30 years," said Mark Jaindl, President and CEO of American Bank.

"We're obviously very happy to be back and I believe that the organization is going to thrive based on who we have involved in the organization," said Andrew Pestcoe, board president at Camelot for Children.

Jaindl, who has employees on the Camelot board said, "It was probably the easiest decision that we've ever had to make," adding, "But I think it is one of the best decisions that we've ever made."

The money will allow Camelot to reopen and run the annual six week summer camp which will start June 26.

The group has also reorganized in order to raise additional funds and increase its social media presence.

“This gives them a place to have fun, enjoy other children and not worry about whatever disabilities they have," said Pestcoe.

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