On February 6th at the annual Friendly Towns Conference in New York City, Terri and Bob Tugel reunited with their Fresh Air child, Aniyah. The Tugels have hosted Aniyah for three years beginning at the age of 12. “It has been a treat to watch her bloom into a young woman now making plans for college. She plans on spending most of the summer with us in 2016 and working as a volunteer counselor at a camp in the Finger Lakes,” said Terri.
Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Each summer, close to 4,000 Fresh Air children visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years old, 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.
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free, enriching summer experiences and academic programs for more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods. For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Terri Tugel at 585-727-0326 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.