story & photo
by Jessica Warzeniak
The local Fresh Air Fund volunteer committee, including Daniel Cormier and his mom, Joyce, and dad, Ray, greeted New York City children as they arrived in Norwich on August 5th for summertime visits. The youngsters are six to 18-years-old and are visiting for up to two weeks or longer. Some left home and New York City for the first time, while others are returning to visit the same host families for consecutive summers.
Tracy London, Colchester, talked about her experience hosting as she picked up Magdalena, her host daughter for six years, “I saw something in the paper and I just thought we have a lot to share and we are so happy we did it.”
Before hosting Magdalena, the London family hosted a boy for eight years to spend time with their two older sons. They are all in college now and their youngest, Theresa, wanted to host a girl. “Magdalena is a nice fit,” said Tracy.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million children since 1877. Each summer, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 Northeastern states and Canada.