By Brad Segall
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Fifteen kids from New York City will spend the next two weeks with host families in Bucks County, Pa. as part of the “Fresh Air Fund” program.
There were big smiles on the faces of the children as they got off the bus in Doylestown. They come from all five boroughs of New York City.
For some of them it’s their first time away from home, while others are returning to visit the same families for consecutive summers.
The Fresh Air Fund provides free summer experiences for underprivileged children, according to Mindy Schwartz, the Fresh Air Fund rep for Bucks County.
“Well, it exposes them to something they might not normally see — a different way of life,” she says. “Everyone needs a respite. Everyone needs a vacation, a getaway.”
She says the children will do whatever the host family has scheduled for the next couple of weeks, and then everyone gets together for one big event — usually a picnic, she says, where the families and the children can trade stories about their experiences.
And she says they’re always looking for host families to be part of the program.