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Stamford Family Visits With Fresh Air Friend In NYC

In December, the Heath family, of Stamford took a trip to New York City to meet with their Fresh Air child, Quadir.
In December, the Heath family, of Stamford took a trip to New York City to meet with their Fresh Air child, Quadir. Photo Credit: contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- One Stamford family has continued to interact with their "Fresh Air child," visiting the New York Botanical Gardens this past December.

Stamford residents, Nicole and Larry Heath, took a trip to New York City with their children Charles and Sydney. They met with their Fresh Air child, Quadir, who lives in the Bronx and has been visiting the Heath family since 2013.

Through the program, 7 to 18-year-olds from New York City have the opportunity to visit suburban, rural and small-town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada through the Fresh Air Fund's Friendly Towns Program -- sometimes running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time.

Each summer, nearly 4,000 Fresh Air children have such opportunities. Kids are often reinvited by host families, and they can continue with the Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. And this time, Quadir's Fresh Air family came to him.

The Heaths went with Quadir to the Botanical Gardens. "Quadir lives so close to the Botanical Gardens, but had never been," Nicole said. "It was amazing to take him and see the exhibits."

Quadir is also planning to return to visit the Heath family this summer, as well.

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