Monday, August 10, 2009

The Fresh Air Fund....



Sometimes I tend to take the blessings I have in my life for granted. Like the fact that we live in a nice neighborhood with beautiful green grass and trees....crisp, clean air.....the ability to just drive to the nearest lake or ocean and enjoy a good swim.

When I was recently contacted by the Fresh Air Fund and learned that some children living in inner city New York, most who are from low-income families, do not have the luxury of enjoying summer vacations, I knew I wanted to help spread the word about this wonderful organization.

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.

Most of these children live in apartment buildings, with no backyards or open, large areas for them to run freely in. Can you believe some of these children have never even enjoyed the privilege of running barefoot through lush green grass or an open meadow full of wild flowers?

So what can you do to help? Visit the Fresh Air Fund site to learn more about the program and to consider opening your home for a 2-week vacation for these children, whose lives could be so much more enriched with your help. The organization is still in need of homes for the month of August. If you can't help by hosting a child's stay in your home, consider donating to this wonderful organization so you can help them to continue to provide this opportunity for needy children! Click here to donate! Also, you'll feel good knowing that your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous group of donors!!

Next time you take your kids to your local playground or park or for a swim in the ocean, remember to be grateful for even the littlest of luxuries we have in our lives. When I think of another child who has never stepped foot on a beach, I can't help but feel a little sad.

25 comments:

Kathy B! said...

What a beautiful concept. Everyone should get the chance for some fresh air.

Becca said...

This sounds really cool. I went to their website & checked it out. Once we are moved and settled in I might try to become a host home.

Samantha Gianulis said...

They are one of the best charities out there. Brought to my attention years ago...good people doing miraculous things.

♥georgie♥ said...

I need to get my fresh air fund post up soon!

Kristen said...

that is such an amazing concept! I think I had heard about it before but not sure. I am going to go check it out!

Kimberly said...

This IS a great cause. I put a link to it up on my blog. Not that I am not about great causes but my other cause was to get the PR rep to quit emailing me so much! It didn't work. ;)

Jen said...

what a great lesson for all.

Sharlene said...

I like your post better than my post. I hope with all of us blogging about this we can help some kids have a vacation. I wish they had a program on the west coast too...

MamaHen Em said...

It's a gret idea! I love that you are spreading the word about it. . .

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I've never heard of that before! thanks for the link.

Heather said...

When I was young, some of the families in our church did this. It was so much fun for the kids!

blueviolet said...

What a worthy cause. Thanks for posting.

Alicia said...

Wow, that would be so awesome to host a child! LOL, after being here, they might not be able to wait to go home..lol!

Together We Save said...

This is a wonderful idea.

Mommy24cs said...

That is sad to think of a child not being able to enjoy playing outdoors. Makes me think how lucky my kids are this week that we are able to take them on vacation.
I will check out the site, thanks for the link :)

PS- what's even worse about the potential new boyfriend is that he is going into the Marine Corp in January. She may very well be following in my footsteps...scary!!

Veronica Lee said...

The idea is awesome!

JosiahsMommy said...

This really is a great idea! Awesome.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing this with me. Have a great day.

Tami said...

Amazing idea! YOU SO ROCK!

BoufMom9 said...

It always amazes me. because our NJ home is so close to Atl. City and my one son goes to a county school, a lot of his friends are from the city and whenever they come over, they are amazed at the grass we have, the yard to run in and the ability to ride a bike...

How wonderful of you to spread the word!

Jenny said...

What a great organization! I had not heard of them before. I'm going to check out their site now!

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Theta Mom said...

I used to teach in a district with this kind of demographic. t is really sad. Thanks for the kink, I will check them out.

BTW, I've given you another award because you totally rock!

The Lane Family said...

Thanks for sharing this on your blog. I agree we really do take for granted the joy of fresh air, a park, and sand and grass on our feet. This may be something we will have to consider doing next year.

Wendi :)

Karen said...

What an amazing program! I would love to open my home. It's too bad I have roommates!

Vicki said...

Hey! I sent you an award today! Come by when you get a second in between a billion mom things to do! lol

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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