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ANNE COPE: Local Fresh Air Fund having its best year ever

on July 21, 2013 3:00 AM

This summer has been the most successful yet for the Fresh Air Fund in our area. The most host families we have had in a year is seven; this year we have 16 so far!

I’d like to thank The Indiana Gazette for publishing my pleas for new host families — nearly all of the new hosts signed up after reading a letter to the editor my husband or I had written.

I’d like to thank the repeat hosts: Your commitment is invaluable.

I’d like to thank the new host families: You have helped ensure that this program will continue in our area.

It is a wonderful gift to open your hearts and homes to a child and you should be incredibly proud for doing so.

The Fresh Air Fund is just a few hundred short of its goal of placing 4,000 children this summer. It is not too late to sign up for one last trip, Aug. 8-19.

Last week, my sons and I escorted 43 New York City children to Butler, where one 7-year-old boy said, “I’ve never seen a real farm before.” It really is the simple things that mean the most to so many of the city children.

For more information, please visit or contact me at (724) 465 5341.

Anne Cope


local Fresh Air chairperson

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