As a child, I used to visit my Grandfather at the hotel where he worked in the Catskills. I can remember how much more carefree the summers seemed, even to this suburbanite. For the Fresh Air Fund children who grow up in concrete hi-rises, this change of pace and environment can be even more important.
Imagine a childhood summer without blades of grass tickling your toes, catching fireflies, or splashing in the water.
There are a lot of ways you can help these kids get out of the city for a little while and experience more of their world.
One of the biggest ways a family can help is to host a child. Unless all prospective host families are screened and vetted in time many children may miss out on this invaluable experience. Families who want to extend an invitation to a 9-12 year old are especially in need. If you are interested, please contact Angie (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-367-0003; 212.897.8900).
If you cannot host, you can help with a donation to The Fresh Air Fund.
Please spread the word this and every summer!