This November, many families in Central Maine are thankful for something special: the gift of their friendship with a New York City child. Each summer, close to 4,000 New York City children from low-income communities visit suburban, rural and small town communities across the Northeast and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. By volunteering as a host family for summer 2016, the spirit of Thanksgiving can continue throughout the year.

“It is really quiet at my host family’s house and they taught me how to swim during my first visit. I love to swim now,” said Emmanuel, 9, from the Bronx.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls 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. Through the eyes of Fresh Air children, families often rediscover the beauty of their own communities.

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