Thanks to guest blogger, Tiffany Davidson of Weston, for sharing her experience with the Fresh Air Fund:
Would you like to give an inner-city child an opportunity of a lifetime? Would you like your children to appreciate how fortunate they are to live in such a beautiful area? Are you willing to accept some family dynamics thrown out of whack for two weeks this summer? If so, the Fresh Air Fund may be worth looking into.
Summer 2009 will be Manny’s (age 10, see photo above) third year coming to my family’s Weston, CT home from the projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Manny LOVES coming to Connecticut and tells his mom how he’s going to move here when he’s older! He remembers EVERY single thing we do, EVERY person he meets, EVERY restaurant we go to…but then again so do I when I go on vacation, don’t you? We are so blessed to have Manny in our lives, I can’t even tell you. Manny has one of the biggest smiles and most infectious laughs I have ever seen and heard from any child. He embraces anything and everything we do enthusiastically. Don’t get me wrong, Manny and my son Jordan (age 8) had a rough first summer. But not because of Manny. Jordan found it hard to share his parents, toys, and general space with another child which is very common. Honestly, Jordan was not so nice to Manny and Manny - who happens to be twice Jordan’s size, - was gracious enough to let it go. Today, Jordan ADORES Manny and considers him to be like a brother. We picked up Manny in New York City in December and brought him home to celebrate Jordan’s 8th birthday party. It was a slumber party with 15 wild and crazy boys and Manny fit right in!
As you make your summer plans and consider the memories your children will have when they grow up, please consider the Fresh Air Fund. For more information, please visit www.freshair.org and/or call your local FAF chairperson:
Darien * New Canaan * Norwalk * Wilton - Yvette Eenkema Vandijk * 203.655.2226
Easton * Fairfield * Weston* Westport - Martha Mintzer * 203.226.6627
Greenwich * Stamford -Nicole Heath * 203.329.8629
Redding - Diana Simmons * 203.982.3999
Ridgefield -Allison Gable * 203.544.9514