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The Fresh Air Fund

I still remember my childhood summer vacations because they were some the my best days. Free from all care and worry, children are supposed to remain that way for as long as they can. That’s why it is so very important to give them a chance at happiness even if its just in the Fresh Air.

The Fresh Air Fund is a independent, non-for-profit agency that seeks to give children the experience of a lifetime. Your donation to the Fresh Air Fund will allow inner city children of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy simple pleasures like playing in the backyard, laughing in the sunshine, catching fireflies, riding bicycles, learning to swim, running barefoot through the grass, gazing at the stars on moonlit nights, building sandcastles, and making new friends with humans and pets alike. You can sign up to become a host of a Fresh Air child by visiting www.freshair.org

My most memorable experiences have always been playing in the Fresh Air and being surrounded by dogs who have always been a big part of my life growing up. My two most memorable dogs were Rex and Fidel. My first dog’s name was Rex and though I can’t quite remember what breed he was, I remember him to be a playful, loving brown dog who at the time was much bigger than I was. He was a dog that loved to be outside in the Fresh Air and dig and frolic with all the neighborhood children. Sadly he’s no longer with us but while he was here he allowed children who were normally afraid of dogs to feel at ease. Rex you are sorely missed.

My second dog Fidel was a German Shepherd mix. He had big brown spots all over his white coat (very much like my present dog Yuki does now). Fidel was a different dog altogether. One memory that stands out is in the mornings when I would have to catch the bus for school he would walk me to the bus stop. He was very protective not letting anyone he didn’t know or care for too close to me. And he would even wait until the bus I was on drive away before he started back for home. I know this all sounds weird but this was Fidel and as any German Shepherd owner knows, they are smart, lovable, and wonderful dogs to have.

Please open your hearts and “give a child the experience of a lifetime with your gift to The Fresh Air Fund! Every year, The Fresh Air Fund gives thousands of inner-city children the priceless gift of fun – and opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities. Whether it’s a two-week trip to visit a volunteer host family, or a fun-filled and educational stay at one of our camps, our programs make for unforgettable memories, and open a world of new friendships and fresh possibilities.” www.freshair.org

We all know that animals and people love Fresh Air. Please, if you can, give of your time by learning about becoming a Fresh Air Fund host by calling (800) 367-0003 or visit their website at http://www.freshair.org/host-a-child.aspx

Happy Summer!

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