Today I received an email from a friend about “The Fresh Air Fund“. The Fresh Air Fund, is a not-for-profit agency, that has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. In her email she said that she was making her annual pitch for folks to consider hosting a child this summer. It is her family’s third year hosting and she highly recommends it.
From her email I learned that the children are from the 5 boroughs of NYC and you agree to host them for a 7, 10, or 14 day time period. During that time, the child lives with you and does whatever you and your family are doing during that time. If your own kids are with a babysitter during the day, these children can be too. If your own kids go to camp, they can go too. She said that some programs even generously let them tag along for free! The kids are very excited to have a new summer experience and access to yards and parks. I also learned that you don’t even need to have a child in your home to host! The kids range in age from 6 years old to teenagers and you can request a boy or a girl and specify what age would be the best fit for your family.
She sent along a link to a very touching Youtube video that you might like to watch. It features a speech by Brandon Mendoza, a Fresh Air Fund child who speaks of what the program meant for him growing up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiNSs2jObKI .
If you aren’t able to host a child, there are many other ways that you can help support this program. I have added a link to their website, http://www.freshair.org/.
Financially right now, my family will be unable to actually have a child live with us. It is something that I have thought about doing for a few years now though. Hopefully, I will be able to help out in other ways and in the future, I can have a child come and stay with us and have an opportunity that they might not have gotten to experience otherwise.