Village News: April 2013

Perkins Nourishes Hope at The Village
Perkins and Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery have once again proved themselves as a vital Village supporter. Since 1990, their dedicated fundraising efforts have funded and managed the Gingerbread House Restaurant (GBH). To date, Perkins has served over 4 million cost-free meals at the GBH, where our cherished guests enjoy breakfast and dinner every day of their visit. Read More


Papa John's: Better Ingredients,
Better Pizza, Better Village

Thanks to nearly 1,000 Papa John's employees, Give Kids The World looks more magical than ever. The Papa John's Humanitarian Project brought buses of ready-to-work associates, employees and owners, and in just 4 hours, the Village was transformed! The Village’s 1,500-foot long exterior wall received a fresh coat of paint, but that’s not all! Read more

  Papa Johns      

A Tisket, A Tasket, 500 Easter Baskets!
Mayor Clayton is always excited about Easter, but this year Starwood Vacation Ownership made the Mayor hop with even more joy! Thanks to Starwood, the precious children of the Village awoke on Sunday morning to find a special surprise on their Villa doorstep.

A team of more than 900 Starwood associates from their Orlando-based office collected toys, puzzles, stuffed animals and candy, competing to see which department could assemble the most Easter Baskets. Read More

  Starwood Easter Baskets      

Universal Technical Institute
Keeps The Village Rolling

Give Kids The World relies on a fleet of vehicles for everything from Village maintenance to transportation for our visiting wish families. Keeping these vehicles safe and maintained is a crucial necessity. Read More

      Partner Profile

Boston Market Give Kids The World thanks Boston Market for their support over the years. Your donations have brought countless smiles to our children and families visiting from around the world. Support Give KidsThe World.
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  Angel Spotlight

Hope comes full circle at the Village as the kindness that our volunteer Angels share leaves lasting impressions on our wish families. Roger and Marilyn Braatz share their deep devotion to Give Kids The World as they cheerfully volunteer in the Gingerbread House Restaurant and at the airport, where Roger welcomes wish families from all over the world as an Airport Greeter. Read More

WGO feature

GKTW Hosts Webinars for 30 WGO's During the month of March, Give Kids The World hosted four webinar sessions for partnering wish-granting organizations – providing over 30 wish-granting organization participants with the opportunity to review the Give Kids The World Family Orientation, share information and ask questions of the Guest Operations team.
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      Family Letter  

Family Letter
I arrived at GKTW on January 22 with my daughter, Tanya and her daughter, Grace. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful our visit was.

The grounds are beautiful and our villa was more than I expected. It was large and so clean. I have severe arthritis and I am always concerned about sleeping on beds other than my own. Read More

      Train Conductor  

Volunteer Position:
Train Conductor & Driver

Helping our families traverse the Village can be an amazingly rewarding experience. The Train Conductor helps load families onto a 16-passenger train, ensures safety for the families and operates a wheelchair lift as necessary. They work with a Train Driver who operates the vehicle, and both inform the Engineering staff of any maintenance issues. Conductor Age Requirement: 16+ with a valid driver’s license. Driver Age Requirement: 25+ with a valid driver’s license. Email for more information.


Fanatic Fundraiser
Billiard games require skill and concentration, but always include fun and friendly competition. The billiards table in Amberville gives our wish families a fun-filled game to play while they hang out and enjoy all that the Village has to offer. In addition to choosing between a banana split and a sundae, children of the Village love picking stripes or solids. Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Murphy's Village Update
In its founding year, Give Kids The World served 329 families. Today, Give Kids The World welcomes over 7,000 families annually. When given the opportunity to have a wish granted, more than half of children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness will choose a Central Florida wish, including a weeklong stay at Give Kids The World Village. With such high demand, the Village is at capacity many months out of the year. Read More

Jackson Hewitt Provides Big Savings and Big Donations
For those who have filed extensions for tax season, there is still time to have Jackson Hewitt make filing your taxes a breeze while helping support Give Kids The World. By printing this coupon you can save $30 on tax preparations for you, your family and friends! For every return prepared using the Give Kids The World coupon, Jackson Hewitt will donate $3 to GKTW. To print your coupon or to find an office, go to


Upcoming Events

Perkins Circles of Hope, Ongoing until April 21
There is still time to be a part of Perkins and Marie Callender’s Circles of Hope campaign. Up until April 21, guests can donate $1, $5 or $10 to personalize a "Circle of Hope" to hang in the restaurant. Show your support for GKTW by visiting a participating Perkins or Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery. All donations collected from the event will help provide meals served at the Village’s Gingerbread House Restaurant.

5th Annual AAA Moving & Storage Golf Tournament, May 11
Join us for a day of exciting golf, delicious food and wonderful friends at the 5th Annual AAA Moving & Storage Golf Tournament. Tee off at the Summerfield Crossing Golf Club in Riverview, Florida and end the day with a delicious chargrilled steak dinner, all while helping support the cherished children that GKTW serves. For more information, please contact Karen Cook at

Gala Silent Auction

25th Annual Black & White Gala, Saturday, June 1
Please join us on Saturday, June 1 for our signature event featuring spectacular dining, breathtaking entertainment and an exciting silent auction in the Grand Ballroom of the Peabody Orlando. Tables and tickets are still available. Contact Lisa Bertin-Queena at (407)396-1114, ext. 4225 or visit for more information. Visit Neiman Marcus Orlando on May 2 for a special evening gown trunk show and mention Give Kids The World Gala to receive a certificate for a complimentary champagne makeover for two and a beauty gift with your purchase.

      Coasting For Kids  

Coasting For Kids, June 9
For adrenalin fans out there, we are excited to announce the chance of a lifetime! Cedar Fair Entertainment Company is partnering with Give Kids The World to host the 6th annual Coasting For Kids fundraiser. Visit Cedar Fair’s best-loved theme parks for marathon rides that will make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses.


Give Kids The World Gingerbread Run 5K, Saturday, November 2
Join us for a fun-filled 5k run/walk through the whimsical pathways of Give Kids The World Village! Jog past the World's Largest CANDY LAND game at Matthew's Boundless Playground, wave hello to Stellar the star fairy atop our Castle of Miracles and boogie down with some of the Village's most beloved mascots. For more information or to register, please visit

      Disney Marathon  

2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon: Run GKTW Team, January 1-12, 2014
Attention all runners! How would you like to support Give Kids The World while taking part in the world famous Walt Disney World Marathon? Be a part of the inaugural Run GKTW team for the 2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna! Whether you’re running the Full or Half Marathon, you can make your miles matter by joining the Run GKTW team. Registration is now open at

   , Online Now
Give Kids The World is proud to have partnered with, the leader in the Charitable Shopping space. Each time you shop online, you now have the opportunity to help support Give Kids The World. offers more than three thousand of the largest online retailers, is safe, easy and does not cost you a penny more. By shopping through the shopping portal, retailers give back a 1% - 30% donation depending on the retailer and the item purchased. Simply visit, register and start shopping for a cause for GKTW.

Upcoming Fundraisers For information about fundraisers in your area click here.

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Facebook Post of the Month
Andrea Carruth
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  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
Deedee's GKTW Star Watch the video


Tweet of the Month
JB ‏‪@jgbark2‬‬, 26 Mar

Just ate at Perkins and had to donate to ‪@GKTWVillage. Magical place that we think about everyday since we stayed there.


GKTW Merchandise
Mother’s Day is less than a month away, and what better way to honor the Mothers in our lives than with the gift of hope. Our Hope Necklace is a beautiful piece that represents the hope that is inspired here at Give Kids The World. This sterling silver plated necklace features a special coating to resist tarnish and four purple, freshwater pearls. Visit the GKTW Merchandise Store.

  Hope Necklace      

Reminder: There is still time to submit artwork for the 2013 Holiday Card Collection! For more details please visit:

Please consider joining the Henri Landwirth Society
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  Give Kids The World Village

Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit "storybook" resort in Central Florida. Children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals and more. Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 120,000 families. For more information, visit

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