To the editor:
Where have all the kind-hearted people gone?
Why is it that people today are not opening their homes to youngsters from other countries who are hoping to spend 19 days here to get a taste of Southwest Florida? Are we so wrapped up in our own lives that we can't show a young person from a different culture how people in the United States live?
We have the responsibility to place a group of 12 high school students from France with welcoming families from July 12 through July 31. However, after numerous announcements, letters, emails, and phone calls, we have only been able to find seven families loving enough to let a French teenager into their lives. As a Chinese and a Brazilian who have been very warmly welcomed in America, we find this upsetting to say the least. We want our students to know just how wonderful American people can be. We truly need a miracle now, because if we don't find five more homes for these students (Victoria 15, Sebastien, Gregoire and Flore 16, and Guillaume 17), they will be turned away at the last minute. If you could see their applications, and how wonderful these youngsters are, we are sure you would understand how awful we feel.
We cannot-will not-believe that there are not families out there who would be willing to share in an exciting and enjoyable cultural experience such as this if only they knew about it! It's a wonderful adventure. If anyone is interested in helping save the day for one of these students, please call one of us, Limei Xiao at 239 440-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ana Rocha at 239 313-3117 or email email@example.com. Thank you.
Limei Xiao, World Exchange Local Director and Ana Rocha, World Exchange Program Director www.worldexchange.org