Celebrating fathers that open their hearts to Fresh Air children

REGION – This Father’s Day, we celebrate all the men in our lives and the many men in Central Vermont who take on the role of Fresh Air father, as they open their hearts to New York City children through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program for one to two weeks during the summer.

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Hosting a child from New York City is a wonderful experience. Photo provided

“Hosting has been a wonderful experience. It’s provided us with special memories and gives us something to look forward to every summer,” says Richard, a Fresh Air host father.

Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada. Fresh Air children are given the opportunity to experience a world outside of New York City full of backyards to play in and lakes to swim in.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years old, 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.

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.

For more information visit The Fresh Air Fund.

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