Fresh Air Fund needs friendly families next summer

— As a chair, LeRoy reviews families for entrance interviews when they're interested, and repeats the interviews every three years for consistent participants.

“Taking in a child is a tremendous responsibility not to be taken lightly,” she said, but it's also a lot of fun. The program covers medical and liability insurance. If the family goes on vacation, insurance extends there.

If there is a problem with a visiting kid not connecting with the family, the program will change placement.

When LeRoy's husband died a year ago, a now 38-year-old Fresh Air kid attended the ceremony, and brought a Yankees jacket to bury with his summer family member.

“I can't understand why everybody doesn't do the same thing,” she said.

For more information, call LeRoy at patty.leroy@friendlytown.org or Reidinger by email at robsmtn7@frontiernet.net, or phone at 251-3263.

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