Getting Some Fresh Air

By Haley Burton

July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 4, 2012 at 12:25 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A group of children from New York City are spending part of their summer in the Southern Tier.

There was a big crowd waiting for the bus to pull up at the Oakdale Mall on Tuesday. 40 kids will be spending the next two weeks enjoying what the area has to offer.

Fresh Air Fund, a non-profit, provides free experiences for children from low-income neighborhoods. The kids, between ages six and 18, stay with volunteer host families.

"It's very important. We go to a conference in New york city every year and we hear talks from children who came when they were six years old. Now they're college graduates. It's wonderful," said Joyce Carlson, Fresh Air Fund.

In the Southern Tier, some families have had the same kids for several years.

"The child we host, Larry, benefits from it a lot. His favorite thing is to run around in the grass and play man hunt at night because you can't go outside in the city at night," said Susan Isham from the Town of Maine.

The Fresh Air Fund has ran this program this since 1877. It has provided these experiences to 1.7 million children from New York City.

If you would like to learn how to be a volunteer, you can call Joan Hanrahan at (607) 785-6822, or call the Fresh Air Fund at at (800) 367-0003.