Surburban families host underprivledged NYC kids at their homes for the summer

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New York in the summer can be a little rough. Air conditioning is common, but not standard, and there's something about the city that makes you feel like you're melting into the concrete every time you go outdoors.

For kids who grow up in the Five Boroughs, this is the only summer they know -- without beaches, nature, and open spaces to explore.

Enter The Fresh Air Fund. It's an organization that finds families from the surrounding area -- all 13 northeastern states and Canada -- for 5,000 New York City children from low-income neighborhoods who want to get a taste of life outside of the city. Participating families can select the gender and approximate age of their visitor, who will come live in their house for two weeks.

If you live anywhere near NYC and you'd like to participate (and you should, because this is a wonderful idea), you can call The Fresh Air Fund at 800.367.0003, or visit their website for more information.

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