2008-04-03 / News

Host an urban child this summer

Residents in and around the East Bay, Rhode Island area can help light up the face of a Fresh Air child this summer by hosting through the Fresh Air Fund.

Since 1877, New York City children growing up in low-income neighborhoods have been able to experience simple summer pleasures in rural and suburban communities. By welcoming visitors into their homes during the summer, host families give Fresh Air children an opportunity to escape the sometimes dangerous, hot and crowded city streets. Fresh Air host families can choose the gender and approximate age of their visitor, but first-time Fresh Air children are between the ages of 6 and 12. Many families find their hosting experiences so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all children are invited to stay with host families, year after year.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Lynn Finocchiaro at 294-6556 or the Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. For more information, visit the Web site at www. freshair.org.

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