Fresh Air summers are filled with children running through the sprinklers in the grass, gazing at star-filled skies and swimming for the first time. This summer, volunteer host families in the Harrisburg area are encouraged to open their hearts and homes to a Fresh Air child. 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.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, nonprofit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from age 7 to 18, 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.
For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, readers may contact Elizabeth Charleston at 717-817-9110 or visit http://www.freshair.org.