LACONIA — Is there room in your home to welcome a child for a week or two of fresh NH air this summer? The Fresh Air Fund matches children starting as young as 6-years-old, from busy, crowded inner city blocks, with families in bucolic New Hampshire neighborhoods for a summer experience. It's about grass-stained knees and sandy feet. It's about opening your heart, sharing your home, and changing a life.
Every year, thousands of Fresh Air children visit small town communities in the Northeast, called "Friendly Towns". People open their homes for a week or two and each placement is managed by a local volunteer coordinator. Rhu McBee of Tilton is the local coordinator for New Hampshire's scenic Lakes Region. For more information about the FAF, please contact her at 603-286-8416.
"There is no such thing as a 'typical' host family," says McBee. "The common link in our host families is their desire to share simple joys with a Fresh Air Fund child."
Four years ago, Andrew and Donna Hosmer of Laconia signed on to host Justice who was seven at the time. Both Andrew and Donna are lawyers so when they heard they were matched with a boy from the Bronx named Justice, they thought it was a good omen. It was, and Justice has returned to the Hosmer home every summer since.
"Our children — in fact our entire extended family, friends, and neighbors, even my hairdresser — are excited when Justice arrives," said Donna Hosmer. "He brings everyone such joy. We can't wait to see Justice get off that bus each summer. He's always the first one to jump into the lake and the last one out. He teaches us to appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place, and our family gets as much out of this experience as he does."
Visit www.freshair.org or call Rhu at 603-286-8416 today.