Though I knew nothing about the Fresh Air Fund on the evening my wife told me that we were hosting a child, I trusted her judgment. After hosting three boys over 13 years, I now understand this as one of the best decisions “we” have ever made.
Hosting a Fresh Air child doesn’t require an agenda of pre-planned activities. As always, the best times are those when you are just hanging around the back porch, living room or campsite, laughing and sharing stories.
One summer, after spotting virtually every deer in White’s Woods, our Fresh Air child, Mackeivion, divulged that his grandma calls him “eagle eye.”
Such powers of observation will serve him well as he navigates the world in and outside of his Bronx neighborhood. His abilities, along with the enriching experiences such as those he has had in the Fresh Air program, will help him to define and attain his life goals. This summer, he will return for a fourth year and stay for five weeks.
Sadly, many Fresh Air fund children live in neighborhoods where futures are defeated by poverty and sucked into the enterprises of violent streets. Last weekend there were 25 shootings within 48 hours in four boroughs of New York City. Wouldn’t you want a break from this?
At the very least, sponsoring a child for one week broadens horizons. At most, it transforms lives and fulfills dreams.
Please consider hosting a child this summer. Call Anne Cope at (724) 465-5341 with your inquiries.