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August 17, 2009

My Turn: Fresh Air Fund opens doors to new worlds


With my children quickly growing up, I stepped into a new role as a local chairwoman, coordinating host families in the area.

It always amazes me when a new family calls me up wanting to host a child. To give up their time, space in their home, and their own vacations, all for a child that they may or may not bond with (most do, though) is an admirable sacrifice.

It’s not always easy, but many of our host families are able to positively impact the lives of these children, over a span of just 10 days to two weeks, and I am so very proud to know all of them.

Looking back now, I believe my children have benefited immeasurably from the Fresh Air experience. I hope the children we and other area families have hosted have done so too. I know I have. Maybe you will next summer.

For more information on becoming a Fresh Air Fund host family, contact Darlene Pondolfino at 287-6373.

To write for “My turn,” contact Daily Star Publisher Tanya Shalor at or 432-1000, ext. 214.

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