Fresh Air Fund: Bringing Kids Into the Countryside


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- It was very special and very emotional occasion as most of these kids have never ventured outside of New York City until now.

It's all a part of a program to give these kids a taste of what life is like outside of the Big Apple.

Michelle Propst and her daughter,Grace, are just two out of dozens hosting one for these kids. It's part of a program called the Fresh Air Fund'.

Each summer, the program takes kids who live in low-income areas of big cities like New York and brings them down South to experience life in suburban and rural areas like Harrisonburg.

Michelle and Grace are hosting a girl named Danielle, who stayed with them last summer.

Michelle said Danielle got to experience common things here in the Valley, that we take for granted, such as riding a horse.

"She was just so happy to be on this horse for the first time and just the things that she'd never seen before,' said Michelle Propst, 'I just think it's great to let them see that there's a different way of life than cities and tall buildings."

Danielle is just one of many kids who were dropped off in Harrisonburg.

Another separate group of kids were also dropped off to their host parents in Staunton.

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