Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Support the Fresh Air Fund and help inner-city kids enjoy summer

One of my favorite charities, The Fresh Air Fund, makes it possible for boys and girls, six to 12 years old, who reside in low-income communities in New York City to enjoy the experience of spending two weeks of life outside the city each summer. The New York City Half-Marathon has been a major fundraiser for the Fresh Air Fund and last year Fresh Air Fund Racers raised $100,000. The 2011 race will take place on March 20, 2011 and they are calling all runners and Fresh Air Fund supporters to come out and either challenge themselves to run the race or join our cheering squad. The Fresh Air Fund provides runners with guaranteed entry in exchange for fundraising before race day. Entries are limited - please get in touch soon! Please email kbrinkerhoff@freshair.org or call (212) 897-8890.

I received the following update from Sara Wilson of the Fresh Air Fund and after reading it I'm sure you will agree that this program is an amazing success. Be sure to check out the Facebook page and view the photos submitted by host families. You will be touched.

Hi Merv

I wanted to write you a quick note to thank you for helping us this year with your posts on Merv Sheppard’s Transplant Network. The Fresh Air Fund was thrilled with all of the interest generated within the blogosphere for our Fresh Air children. We had close to 5000 volunteer host families open their home to a NYC child and 3000 children visited our camps. It was a great summer! Our Facebook Page continues to be a hub of activity for all things Fresh Air Fund. There are some excellent photos and videos we've posted along with photos from our host families. Please "like" us and it would be great if you could encourage your readers to do the same:


All of us at The Fresh Air Fund really appreciate your support. Together we can make sure these children have everything they need well in advance: camp counselors, host families, and plenty of resources!

Thank you so very much,

Sara Wilson,
The Fresh Air Fund


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