Fresh Air children arrive in Greenwich

New hosts Midge Pappas and Charlie Stuttig meet first-time visitor, Nathaly, of Manhattan on July 12 at the drop off point at the Old Greenwich train station. –Regan Allen

New hosts Midge Pappas and Charlie Stuttig meet first-time visitor, Nathaly, of Manhattan on July 12 at the drop off point at the Old Greenwich train station. –Regan Allen

This summer, more than 4,000 children will enjoy a summer outside of the city with volunteer host families in suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.

A group of 33 New York City children boarded buses to the southwest coast of Connecticut July 12, headed to reunite with their host families in Stamford and Greenwich.

“I’m excited to go swimming and to watch the stars at night. I can’t see them at night in the city!,” 10-year-old Tyrone said of his Fresh Air experiences.

Many volunteer families find their hosting experience so rewarding that more than 65% of all children are reinvited to stay with the same host families year after year.

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