A major digression

Over the last two days, I’ve received two requests from the Fresh Air Fund to publicize its program and let folks know that the Fund is still seeking to place 200 children with host families for a summer sojourn outside of New York City.

Specifically, the Fund is looking for families who want to extend an invitation to a 9 – 12 year old, and the Fund has a number of boys seeking a Fresh Air trip. The trip dates and locations are set, so if you live in one of the following areas and are free during the following periods, please consider inviting a child into your home.

The Fresh Air Fund is a well-established, independent, not-for-profit agency that provides free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. It’s existed since 1877. According to an info sheet provided by the Fund, “Most families have such a great summer with their Fresh Air child that 65% invite the child back the following summer.” If you’re interested in finding out more, contact the Fresh Air Fund. Here’s hoping that someone out there can provide a terrific experience this summer for a New York City kid…

Aug. 11 – 21: New Jersey (Warren, Bergen, Union, Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon Counties)

Aug. 11 – 21: Pennsylvania (Lancaster, Akron, Christiana, Denver, Donegal, East Earl, Elverson, Lititz, Manheim, New Holland, Quarryville

Aug. 11 – 21: New York: Massena, Ogdensburg, Potsdam

Aug. 12 – 22: Harrisburg, PA

Aug. 15 – 22: Central Massachusetts: Acton, Hopkinton, Lexington, Marlboro, Wayland

Aug. 15 – 25: New York: Western Finger Lakes: Canandaigua, Canal Towns, Dansville. Central New York: Fulton, Marcellus, and Oswego

Massachusetts: Cape Cod

Pennsylvania: Doylestown, Upper Bucks, Lower Bucks, Chalfont

Aug. 25 – Sept. 1: New York: Columbia County, Red Hook/Rhinebeck (Dutchess County, Albany County

One thought on “A major digression

  1. Sheesh, I can’t take on a kid, but well done, Scrappy. My brother and his first wife took in a Fresh Air Fund kid one year when they lived in Vermont. The kid was a headache, but they showed him a world well outside of New York City. If I remember, he liked the chickens in the sunflowers. Always felt that was a great program for strong families that can provide that. It’s a big deal for those kids. — John S.

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