WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Playing catch while running barefoot in the grass. Roasting marshmallows by a campfire. These are simple joys that every child should experience.
Yet, for many low-income New York City kids, outdoor fun would remain out of reach if it were not for those willing to open up their hearts and homes, according to The Fresh Air Fund.
So, with Father’s Day fast approaching, the independent, not-for-profit agency is asking Westchester dads and their families to consider hosting a child for a week or two this summer.
Each summer, close to 4,000 children visit host families in 13 states from Virginia to Maine -- and in Canada. Fresh Air families have hosted more than 1.8 million New York City children since 1877, the agency said.
“This experience can really impact your life in more ways than you would think; I am constantly discovering ways in which my Fresh Air child has enriched my life. My sons got involved and they always look forward to seeing their New York City friend,” said one Fresh Air host father in a press release.
To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Judith Brisson at (914) 523-3713, or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.