Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

May 20, 2013

Hosting Fresh Air Children can be a memorable experience

I got a phone call, and a little voice said, “Hi Miss Linda, I’m calling to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

This was Tyrick, my 7-year-old Fresh Air child from New York City. I was so pleased to hear from him, and it meant even more on this special day. He politely inquired about my family, and I his.

I told him how I was looking forward to his visit in July. He said that he was too. Actually, I know that both of us have thought of the other all year long. Knowing that someone cares and being able to anticipate that next visit lifts your spirits immensely.

If you would like to share your life for one week (July 2-9) or two weeks (July 10-24), there is still time to sign up. You can choose a girl or boy from the ages of 6-12.

The purpose of the Fresh Air Fund has been the same since 1877: to give inner city children of New York City some new and different summer experiences.

Choose to make a difference in someone’s life. It will make a big difference in yours too.

Linda Mellon, assistant chairperson

LaVale

Sonya Morgan, chairperson

Ridgeley, W.Va.

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