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Fresh Air Fund gives NYC kids summer experiences in the Lehigh Valley

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It's a program that's changing kids' lives. Fresh Air Fund allows children ages seven to 12 from New York City to enjoy the Lehigh Valley.

Brandy Blose and Holly Pethick are host families and said the children are like their own.

"He is what my boys call their brother from another mother," Brandy Blose said.

"They totally feel like they have a big brother and he feels like he has a little brother and little sister," Holly Pethick said.  "It's actually quite cute, my daughter often sends him pictures in the mail."

The focal point of the program is for low income inner city kids to experience a different setting.

"He just likes being outside," Pethick said. "He says he likes walking through our yard with his shoes off and just enjoying the grass and we live across from cornfields and he just likes watching farmers work the fields."

The two women say it's much more.

The kids from New York City not only learn life lessons, but they are teaching the families here in the Lehigh Valley a few things too. It's a win-win situation.

"It's given them an opportunity to have conversations about different races and backgrounds and things like that," Blose said.

"Daniel kind of said I would give anything to be able to do the experiences that you get to do on a daily basis. That was very eye opening for my children and to appreciate what you have and be grateful for what you've been given cause other kids don't have it," Pethick said.

The women said although the commitment is for a week in the summer, they often spend much more time with the kids, even holidays.

For more information on how to become a host family, click here.


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