Celebrate Fresh Air Fund’s 138th summer

By on December 31, 2013

This year, many families in Lancaster County are thankful for something special: the gift of their friendship with a New York City child. Each summer, more than 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. By volunteering as a host family for summer 2014, the spirit of Thanksgiving can continue in your home throughout the year.

“I was the girl who was so afraid of insects when I first visited my host family, and now I feel like they are an amazing part of nature!” said Yazmin, a Fresh Air child.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year. Through the eyes of Fresh Air children, families often rediscover the beauty of their own communities.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child next summer, contact Barbara Horst at 859-1994 or The Fresh Air Fund at 1-800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fresh Air Fund online at freshair.org.

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