Sharing Your Blessings - The Fresh Air Fund

From time to time I get requests to trade links or put something up on my blog to promote something. Let me tell ya somthing...this here is MY blog and I don't do shamless promotion for nobody on here but for myself - cause it's my house.

However, I recently received an email from the Outreach Coordinator of The Fresh Air Fund and it made me stop. I let it sit in my email for a few days and then I decided to really look at the site and what they do for inner-city kids and I was impressed.

THE FRESH AIR FUND, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations 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.

You can give a child the experience of a lifetime with your gift to The Fresh Air Fund!Every year, The Fresh Air Fund gives thousands of inner-city children the priceless gift of fun – and opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities. Whether it’s a two-week trip to the country to visit a volunteer host family, or a fun-filled and educational stay at one of our camps, our programs make for unforgettable memories – and open a world of new friendships and fresh possibilities. We are a not-for-profit agency and depend on tax-deductible donations from people like you to keep our vital programs flourishing.

Host a Child
Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air vacations. More than 65% of all children are reinvited to stay with their host family, year after year. Fresh Air Fund Host FamiliesThere is no such thing as a "typical" host family. If you have room in your home - and your heart - to host a child, you could be one too.

I wish it also included more cities, but what a great start. We are discussing Hosting a Child this summer. We need to see how things work out with a job and we have a graduation this summer, so we will see. To learn more, visit The Fresh Air Fund.