“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
-Leo Buscaglia


Rebuilding Our Home. Continuing Our Mission.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year

As we bring a challenging 2020 to a close, we reflect on our mission and on our efforts to rebuild our home.  While remaining optimistic, the current pandemic has taken a toll on our ability to serve our kids and conduct our summer “If Just for a Day” program in 2020. Due to health and safety concerns of our kids and our many caring volunteers, we had to pause on our programming.  This was a very difficult decision, but we had to err on the side of caution.  We have stayed in touch with many of our social service groups whose kids we serve throughout the year and we all hold high hopes for a brighter future when we resume our summer program in North Wildwood. Throughout all of this, we have remained relatively stable financially. As income decreased, so did our overall expenses allowing us to still be in a position to fully fund and complete our Phase II exterior construction.

Planning is underway on the best ways to safely resume a summer day program at the shore in 2021, and even an attempt to be back on the grounds of the home for our big summer barbecues.

Please join us with your prayers of hope for an end to this pandemic. And, for a successful vaccine which we all believe will lead us on a road to recovery.

We have big plans in 2021 for a final fundraising initiative to finish the home. Our “Help Us Cut the Ribbon” campaign is designed to fully fund and complete the interior of the home, the final phase.

Your continued support is truly encouraged and needed at this time, where we clearly see a light at the end of the tunnel. Please support our year end fundraising and help us launch our “Help Us Cut the Ribbon” campaign for 2021, our 125th Year.

To date we have raised over $500,000 for our reconstruction. Our final push to raise an additional $250,000 will help us complete the home.

May you be blessed with true happiness and peace in 2021.

John Stefankiewicz

CFAH President

Please donate today!

We will continue to provide updates on our status as we move through 2020 and beyond.

Thank you again for all your support and understanding!

God Bless You!

The Board of Directors of The Children’s Fresh Air Home


The Children’s Fresh Air Home (CFAH) is a non-profit organization that provides a no-cost, enriching summer experience at the Jersey Shore in a safe, positive environment for children who may be living with family or community adversities.

The Children’s Fresh Air Home is located at 1100 Surf Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260. Contact us at (609) 577-9103 or via email at john@freshairhome.org.