4.21.2009

Fresh Air Fund - Got room to help a child?




I think this is a great thing! I wanted to share it with my readers. If you can't open your home maybe you can donate. Hey I know money is tight every where but every little bit counts. The button to donate is on my side bar. The child you help today could turn out to be the doctor who saves your life down the road.

This next part I am taking directly from their literature because they say it all very succinctly. "THE FRESH AIR FUND, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2008, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.

In 1877, the Reverend Willard Parsons, minister of a small rural parish in Sherman, Pennsylvania, asked members of his congregation to provide country vacations as volunteer host families for children from New York City tenements. This was the beginning of The Fresh Air Fund tradition. By 1884, Reverend Parsons was writing about The Fund for New York’s Herald Tribune, and the number of children served grew. In 2008, close to 10,000 New York City children experienced the joys of summertime in Friendly Towns and at five Fund camps in upstate New York"

See it is a worthy cause! Help if you can and please pass this on to others!

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