For more than 40 years Fresh Air children from New York City have been visiting Darien families for a one- to two-week summer vacation.

The Fresh Air Fund is looking for host families who are willing to welcome an inner-city child into their homes while having the child take part in their lives and all that the Darien community has to offer. Hosting a Fresh Air child is often an enriching and rewarding experience for the child as well as the host family.

The weeks are from July 13 to 26 or Aug. 3 to 10. There is flexibility in scheduling alternative dates that might better accommodate the host family's summer plans. There are no financial requirements for hosting a child. Volunteers may request the age group and gender of their Fresh Air child.

For more information, call Yvette Eenkema van Dijk, Friendly Town coordinator, at 203-655-2226 or the Fresh Air Fund at 1-800-367-0003 or visit website

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