It rained earlier in the day in Wilton. Just off Nod Hill Road, none of that seemed to matter. \u201cWe got to see worms,\u201d said seven-year-old Davonte Luna. Davonte is visiting the home of Hope and Seth Perelman as part of the Fresh Air Fund. The fund, which began in 1877, was \u201ccreated with one simple mission \u2014 to allow children living in low-income communities to get away from hot, noisy city streets and enjoy free summer experiences in the country,\u201d according to its website. Lisa Harder, chief executive officer of Appen Butler Hill, represents the Fresh Air Fund for Wilton and Ridgefield. \u201cKids are paired up with families,\u201d Ms. Harder said. \u201cThe idea is to incorporate the child into your regularly scheduled summer.\u201d A total of 31 families in Wilton and Ridgefield have volunteered their time to become Fresh Air families, which may surprise some who don\u2019t see the area as being \u201cthe country.\u201d \u201cOne of the parents in the program now was an Irish kid who was in the program over 30 years ago,\u201d Ms. Harder said. \u201cHe went to Binghamton for his experience as a child and didn\u2019t realize that the Fresh Air Fund was this close to New York City.\u201d While there are approximately 80 buses that leave New York\u2019s Port Authority on specific dates, Ms. Harder said that there is some flexibility with dates for families. In addition, the family may pick specific genders and age ranges. The child\u2019s stay can run from seven to 14 days. In Davonte\u2019s case, he arrived via train, where with Hope Perelman he seemed immediately comfortable, and began to make friends with her boys Milo and Ezra. \u201cIt was amazing when he got off the train. He said there\u2019s the family, he held my hand, we got in the car and he sat with Milo and the two of them have been together,\u201d she said. \u201cThey started playing Legos and Star Wars.\u201d \u201cYou\u2019d think they were long lost twins,\u201d Seth Perelman said. That comfort extended to the Perelmans\u2019 home, where Ms. Perelman said Davonte adjusted with no signs of homesickness. \u201cHe went to bed right away,\u201d she said. While many families have good intentions when bringing a Fresh Air Fund child to stay with them, the reality is that they often never see that child again. The Perelmans intend to do otherwise. \u201cWe thought it would be good for the boys,\u201d Mr. Perelman said. \u201cWe\u2019re trying to build a bond,\u201d Ms. Perelman said. \u201cI\u2019m from the city, and we like to go there. We\u2019d like to meet up with him and see Davonte in his own turf. Our hope is for this bond to be formed for holidays and other visits. \u201cI was born in the city and I know what they\u2019re exposed to. I want them to know the opposite of that.\u201d The Perelman house is a playground, with lots of space in the yard, as well as space in the house for the children to play. Three dogs make visitors feel welcomed, as they seek attention. Roosters and chickens run freely in the back yard, and chicks occupy their own space in a cage. Taking a sip from a Superman cup while the other children enjoyed a snack at the kitchen table, Davonte said he was having fun. \u201cI touched the chickens and I touched the dogs,\u201d he said with a smile. \u201cIs it different for you than the city?\u201d Ms. Perelman asked. \u201cNo,\u201d came the reply, before laughter broke out. \u201cCome on!\u201d exclaimed Ms. Perelman. \u201cYou went on the scooter and didn\u2019t have to stop for stoplights.\u201d Davonte said he likes baseball, and spoke of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in a blissfully unaware way that many fans probably wish they could also do. \u201cHe\u2019s good,\u201d he said. \u201cI play for the Dodgers. I like other sports, but my abuela hasn\u2019t signed me up yet.\u201d Davonte, who lives in Manhattan, ran out to the back yard, where the livestock were waiting. \u201cI don\u2019t have to wear shoes,\u201d he said as he enjoyed the grass between his toes. \u201cChildren in the city don\u2019t have the same freedom,\u201d Ms. Perelman said. \u201cIt\u2019s great to have a backyard and trees and the quiet, and running in the woods. My children enjoy sharing and teaching.\u201d The Perelmans said they have a busy week lined up for Davonte, who will head back to New York next Tuesday. \u201cWe\u2019ll go to the beaches, museums, and take some day trips,\u201d she said. \u201cWe plan on doing a campfire to know the experience of roasting marshmallows. We\u2019re going to do lots of outside stuff.\u201d Indeed they were ready to do a fire in the pit in their yard but the weather had not quite cooperated. Still they weren\u2019t giving up, as Davonte still had plenty of time to spend with his new friends. \u201cWe make primitive fires,\u201d Mr. Perelman said. \u201cNo matches allowed.\u201d \u201cPeople know how to summer around here,\u201d Ms. Harder said. \u201cThe kids love to swim and the fireflies are neat.\u201d The Fresh Air Fund isn\u2019t just for families for stay-at-home parents, according to Ms. Harder. \u201cThere are camps for children visiting working families,\u201d she said. \u201cWe have programs to accommodate families who do have to work. We can also connect with other families and set up group activities.\u201d Back at the Perelman house, Davonte was petting a rooster being held by Mr. Perelman as his wife looked on. \u201cThis is what we\u2019re trying to establish,\u201d Hope Perelman said. \u201cHe gets the opportunity to come back. We\u2019re trying to build a lifelong friendship for our boys.\u201d Ms. Harder said for more on the Fresh Air Fund, visit freshair.org. She also said that people could call her at her home, 203-438-7238.