Get Some Fresh Air

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT


Lancaster, N.Y. (WKBW) - Whether it is playing on the swings or a fun game of tag, Tamiha Diawara, 10, said this is different than her life back home.

"Usually at my home in New York City I stay inside, take a nap, sometimes go on the computer," Diawara said.

Diawara is from the Bronx but traveled to Lancaster as part of the Fresh Air Program.

"Fresh Air is a not for profit that gets kids off the concrete and into a host family homes," Organizers Jennifer Castro said.

She is just one of 22 children who have come to stay with a family in Western New York.

"It's just a good way for kids to get out the house and go see different families and meet new people," Manhattan Resident Anthony Matthews said.

They not only get out to the playgrounds, they experience everything Buffalo has to offer and it doesn't cost a penny for the children or their host families.

"Here locally we raise money so families can take the kids to Fantasy Island, they get free Bisons tickets," Castro said.

It benefits the children from the Big Apple.

"The Fresh Air Fund is like my second family. I can come and visit a lot of times," Diawara said.

The host families also get an experience to remember.

"My favorite part is meeting new friends and making new memories," Maya Castro said.

These families make sure that these kids get a real taste of Buffalo and more.

"They just want to do the everyday fun things that we do. Take a walk, go in the trails, go to Niagara Falls, eat chicken wings," Castro said.

If you would like to know more click on the Fresh Air Fund click on the link http://www.freshair.org/