Extend holiday joy till summertime, host a Fresh Air kid

To the Editor:

This holiday season, we thank families in the Albany area for opening their hearts and home to Fresh Air children. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit suburban, rural, and small-town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

By volunteering as a host family for Summer 2020, the joy of the holidays can continue in your home throughout the year.

“My father-in-law was a Fresh Air child, and I thought this would be a good way to give back,” says Pamela Rivera, of Garden City, New York, a Fresh Air Fund host mother of six years. “When Kyle and Abena visit, we go to the pool, the beach, and camping. Each year, when they come back, it feels like old friends getting back together.”

Fresh Air children are boys and girls who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Volunteer host families frequently share how they rediscover the beauty of their own communities through the eyes of Fresh Air children.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Each summer, thousands of children visit volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada and at The Fund’s six overnight camps in upstate New York. Fresh Air children also participate in year-round leadership and educational programs.

Please contact me, Cynthia Mangione, at 518-423-5385 or visit www.FreshAir.org to learn more about hosting a child through The Fresh Air Fund.

Cynthia Mangione

The Fresh Air Fund

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