FARMINGTON – The Fresh Air Fund is seeking more host families in Western Maine to open their homes to a New York City child for two weeks this summer.

Since 1877 the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Town Program has provided free summer vacations to more that 1.7 million New York City children. Last year, more that 5,000 New York City children experienced summer pastimes like roasting marshmallows over a campfire and flying kites in backyards and open fields.

Fresh Air host families can choose the gender and approximate age of their visitor. First-time 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 re-invited to stay with host families year after year.

The dates children will be visiting the Western Maine area are July 7 to 21. For more information on how to share the joys of summer with an inner-city child, contact Pat at 652-2369 or the Children’s Task Force at 778-6960.

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