Fresh Air host families needed

By on January 20, 2020

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. 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. Volunteer host families are needed in the Rochester area to open their hearts and homes to a Fresh Air child. 

“My first year hosting, I was so nervous and my boys kept saying it would be great. And then by the end, I was in tears. That moment I realized what a special program Friendly Towns is and how impactful it is to our lives and theirs,” Kim Carrico says. “We go to Adventureland with other Fresh Air families, to the pool and keep in touch during the year. Asah and Jalon have had such an impact on my kids’ lives and my own.” Asah, age 13, of the Bronx, and Jalon, age 14, of Brooklyn, have been visiting the Carrico family in Kings Park, New York, for two summers and three summers, respectively.

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. First time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 13 years old, who live in New York City. Children who are re-invited 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, contact Terri Tugel at 727-0326 or visit www.FreshAir.org.

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Asah, of the Bronx, and Jalon, of Brooklyn, spend a day at the beach with their Fresh Air brothers Christopher (left) and Nicholas (right). Photo by Julia Comerford

Asah, of the Bronx, and Jalon, of Brooklyn, spend a day at the beach with their Fresh Air brothers Christopher (left) and Nicholas (right). Photo by Julia Comerford