Every year, the Fresh Air Fund arranges for thousands of children to experience life outside a city and over this summer, the Craig family of Keene greeted an extended member of thier family.
They will be hosting Trevon of the Bronx for the fourth time through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.
Trevon is scheduled to return in July for an eight week visit - his longest trip yet. Trevon has visited the many places in the Adirondacks and hopes his upcoming trip will lead to more eye opening experiences.
During his summer visits, Trevon has become an accomplished swimmer, skilled bike rider and even a member of the exclusive “Adirondack 46ers,” club according to his host mom, Julie Craig. Craig said thier visits have not been exclusive the summer. Over the past spring break, Trevon joined the Craig family on a recent family trip to Disney World.
Through the Fresh Air fund, Trevon has gotten to experience a plethora of outdoor activities unaccomplishable in the limits of city life.
Jenny Morgenthau, the director of the Fresh Air Fund, said that more than 60 percent of families who host a child continue to invite the child back for many more summers.
“I’m not sure the magic behind it, but the matches seem to work out great,” Morgenthau said.
The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has worked together with families and communities to provide free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children since 1877. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend one of five Fresh Air Fund camps.
To prospective hosts, Craig said she wouldn’t trade the experience she has had with Trevon.
“Do it, and don’t have any reservations,” she said. “It’s really immeasurable what will come out of it. Trevon is like a member of our family. I hope to know him forever.”
For more information on how to become involved the organization or to volunteer as a host family for a Fresh Air Child call Deolinda Jessie at 359-3414 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.