I mistakenly left this item off of my Christmas philanthropy posting.

The DA's earliest citation for "Fresh Air Fund" is the New York Tribune of 2

July 1882. The second citation (Scribner's Magazine, April 1891) seemingly

goes into detail of how it all started in a small hamlet in northeastern

Pennsylvania, but that citation provides no date.

This is from the Richmond (VA) Dispatch, 21 July 1874, pg. 2, col. 3:

The money collected in the large cities to pay the expenses of children's

excursions is called the "Fresh-Air Fund." The Baltimore _Gazette_ reminds

the people of Baltimore that their funds for the recruitment of the poor

children are rather low. Yes; we know no place which needs so much a very

large fund of fresh air as Baltimore--particularly in the region of the basin!