Village News: December 2012
Kangaroo Express

Jumping for Joy Thanks
to Kangaroo Express

For the third time in a row, Kangaroo Express left everyone at Give Kids The World jumping for joy. Thanks to their amazing pinup program, nearly 580 stores worked together to raise $225,000 on behalf of GKTW. This amazing accomplishment will bring countless smiles to the children visiting the Village. Read More

Boston Market Coupon Book

Boston Market Coupon Books
Benefitting GKTW Still on Sale
While Supplies Last

If you haven't had time to pick up your Boston Market Coupon Books, there is still time! This holiday season, Boston Market is once again raising funds for GKTW through their annual coupon book campaign.

Boston Market, our beloved partner, runs and funds Katie's Kitchen. Katie's Kitchen provides the warm comfort of home in the form of 80,000 home style meals, served free of charge to our wish families each year. Read More


A Magical Milestone
On Friday, December 07, Give Kids The World celebrated an amazing milestone. We welcomed our 120,000th family to the Village!

The wish family arrived Friday afternoon from Alberta, Canada, and was welcomed by GKTW staff. The wish child and his foster sister's smiles lit up the whole House of Hearts. Their smiles only grew as they learned of the Pirates and Princesses Party at the Park of Dreams that night. Read More

  120,000th family      

Giving TWOsday: Success Times Two
Thank you to all who participated in Give Kids The World's Giving TWOsday. This online campaign asked GKTW supporters to make a donation to GKTW on Tuesday, November 27, which would be doubled thanks to an anonymous family from Naples, Fla., who pledged to match all gifts up to $10,000.

In just one day, hundreds of fans made donations through a specially created Giving TWOsday First Giving site as well as calling in phone pledges and even dropping off cash and checks at Give Kids The World Village. Thanks to this amazing show of support, GKTW raised nearly $50,000 in a 24-hour period. Read more

  Giving TWOsday      

IAAPA Ambassadors Deck the Halls
As we begin to deck the Avenue of Angels for the holiday season, every helping hand adds a little more sparkle to the Village. Lucky for us, IAAPA Ambassadors joined us for a day of décor!

IAAPA Ambassadors are students and recent graduates, with outstanding customer service skills, who are handpicked to be interns at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo.
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  IAAPA Decks the Halls      

HTC, T-Mobile USA Team Up To Make Wishes Come True
HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and T-Mobile USA are partnering to provide children with life-threatening illnesses and their families the opportunity to visit and enjoy Give Kids The World Village.

Now through Monday, December 31, 2012, customers who purchase a new Windows® Phone 8X by HTC® from a T-Mobile authorized retailer will have the option to donate $1 of their purchase to Give Kids The World. Read more

Jackson Hewitt Provides Big Savings and Big Donations
Thanks to our friends at Jackson Hewitt, doing your taxes will not only be easy, but hope inspiring as well. Simply print this coupon to 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

      Partner Profile

Ho-Ho Hasbro!
At Give Kids The World, we feel that hope, joy and happiness play an important role in what we do. The experience that awaits a child at GKTW is extraordinary and life changing, and none of this would be possible without the support of our generous corporate partners like Hasbro, Inc. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Birthday at the Village
When birthdays come around, it is easy for many of us to ask for new gadgets and toys. But for one of our Angels, a birthday was a great way to get others involved at Give Kids The World! When Mary Juncker's friends asked what she wanted for her birthday, Mary had a special request. Read More

WGO feature

Leaving on a JetBlue Plane!
When our dear friends at JetBlue reached out to Give Kids The World, inviting us to participate in two inaugural flights, we jumped at the chance to join the party! JetBlue announced direct flights between Orlando and Providence starting November 29. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
What are you most thankful for this holiday season? Here at The Village, we are thankful for smiles, laughter, happiness and hope. During their recent stay, Alex and Adam were thankful for the Gift Fairy. Read More


Volunteer Position: Amberville
Do you have a passion for all things trains? How would you like to play engineer of our own JJ Express? As a volunteer in Amberville, you will interact with families as they explore our interactive model railroad, captain our remote-controlled boats and hop aboard the JJ Express.

Be a part of this magical experience by becoming an Amberville volunteer. If you are 16 or older, you can sign up for shifts by calling Volunteer Services at 407-396-0770. Thank you for dedicating your time to serving our families! For more information, contact Volunteer Services at


Fanatic Fundraiser
Ice Cream for Breakfast with Faith
We often hear from wish families who are looking for a way to give back to The Village after their stay. However, Faith's family decided they wanted to contribute before they had even arrived.

Weeks before their trip, Faith's family began working on their own Ice Cream For Breakfast fundraiser. Thanks to their hard work, and the kindness of local neighbors and companies, the event was a success! The event even included music, face painting and dancing; after all, Faith loves to dance. Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Murphy's Fundraising Tips
End of Year Giving Tips: Charitable gifts to Give Kids The World Village will help fulfill the wishes of children and families around the world as well as create rewarding experiences for families. As you plan your year-end giving activities, here are some ideas to inspire your generosity and creativity. Read more

      Gala Gift

June 1, 2013: Give Kids The World Black & White Gala at The Peabody Orlando
Surprise your special someone this holiday with an evening of elegance, fine-dining and world-class entertainment. What better gift than a gift that keeps on giving. Purchase a table before Febuary 1 and receive a complimentary room at The Peabody Orlando the evening of the event. Tickets for the 25th Annual Black & White Gala are available now.

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

Stay Connected
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Facebook Post of the Month
Lyndee Rigby Walker
6 years ago this kid had a chance of a lifetime to stay at Give Kids The World, and today he is still rockin' his shirt! 5 years cancer free!! Thank you for your wonderful staff and facilities! We had the most amazing time staying with you!

  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
GKTW Pancake Day at Perkins Thank You Video
Give Kids The World thanks Perkins Restaurant & Bakery for their continued support of the Village and for this year's national event on September 15, 2012, GKTW Pancake Day at Perkins. Watch the video.


Tweet of the Month Christine Young ‏@Chrissteene The joy of a child's smile and the place that makes it possible - 2 reasons I support Giving TWOsday for @GKTWVillage.


Paving a Legacy

The Avenue of Angels paving stone program is ideal for celebrating special occasions or as a memorial or tribute. Plus, your 200 dollar donation is tax deductible. Paving stones may include the name of an individual, couple or family along with city/state or city/country.

The purchase of a paving stone includes a certificate and a copy of The Gift of Life, the autobiography of founder Henri Landwirth. For more information, please visit the
Give Kids The World Gift Shop.

  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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