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Create Summer Memories: Host a New York City “Fresh Air” Child This Summer

Shown in photo are local Fresh Air Host families and their New York City Fresh Air children feeding the horses at Bayshore Grove, Oswego. Earlier in the day, they enjoyed a family picnic hosted by the owners of Bayshore Grove.
Shown in photo are local Fresh Air Host families and their New York City Fresh Air children feeding the horses at Bayshore Grove, Oswego. Earlier in the day, they enjoyed a family picnic hosted by the owners of Bayshore Grove.

Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is not far away. Thanks to the many families in this area and throughout 13 northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have experienced free summer vacations through the Fresh Air Fund since 1877. The Fund is seeking more families in this area to give inner-city children a two-week vacation this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Fund’s Friendly Town program, you can help give a child a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.

“We set up a tent in the yard and had a sleepover outside!” exclaimed 10-year-old Moriah of Manhattan. Last summer, many Fresh Air children visited volunteer hosts in our area. This year, The Fund needs more host families to help carry out its 133rd summer of sharing the joys of suburban and small town life like picking fresh flowers, casting a fishing pole for the first time, or hearing crickets chirp. The friendships that develop between hosts and their Fresh Air visitors often last a lifetime.

There are no financial requirements for hosting a Fresh Air child. Hosts can select the gender and approximate age of their visitor. First time visitors are 6-12 years old and reinvited youngsters may participate in the Friendly Town program through age 18.

To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Vicki Bracco at 315-391-7852, 315-593-7250, or email at [email protected] or Kathy Froio aat 315-695-5502 or email at [email protected] For further information, please contact the Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003 or visit the Fund’s website at www.freshair.org.

Photos of local families and their Fresh Air kids are courtesy of Kathy DeMott: