MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A local Maplewood family, the Gergels, are featured in The Fresh Air Fund’s 2017 calendar. Their photo was selected from the hundreds of photos taken by The Fresh Air Fund’s volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada this past summer, according to a release from the Fresh Air Fund.

"Last summer, the Gergel family welcomed Jessica into their hearts and home through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program," stated the release. "Jessica and her host sister Riley love spending their summer mornings feeding ducks at the local park," as featured in the photo.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free, enriching summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18-years-old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are seven to 12-years-old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child this upcoming summer, please contact Patricia Marchaterre at 201-486-7729 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at