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Village News: December 2013

IHG Unveils New Villas
After several months of construction, we will be able to welcome two additional families each week at the Village! Our longtime partner InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) visited the Village on December 4 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of villas 271 and 272. The IHG Owners Association along with IHG Rewards Club raised the funds to build the new villas in the Fairy Tale Forest. After the ceremony, members of the board, hotel owners and executives from IHG all spent the evening volunteering in different venues around the Village. Read More


GKTW Gets 4-Star Rating
for 9th Year in a Row

Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has bestowed their coveted 4-star rating for Give Kids The World for a 9th year in a row. The designation signifies an organization that has sound fiscal management and a commitment to accountability and transparency. According to their standards, the rating also indicates that GKTW adheres to good governance and other best practices, as well as executing our mission in a fiscally responsible way. Read More

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    Boston Market Coupon Book

Holiday Savings at Boston Market
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there’s not always time to prepare lunches and dinners. Boston Market makes life a little easier by offering home style meals that are ready to eat when you are. And for the rest of December, not only can you save time by stopping at Boston Market, you can save money too! Read More

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Teen’s Inspiring Commitment to GKTW
Around the Village, there are many children and teenagers that are an inspiration to us all every day. Carly Sobol, a 17-year-old from Ohio, has a seven year history with Give Kids The World that is a motivating story of how a simple interaction with this special place can truly impact a person’s life. Read More


Submit Your Holiday Artwork
With the holiday season upon us, now is the perfect time to get inspired and bring out your inner artist! Our annual holiday cards always feature beautiful artwork from former wish children and their siblings, along with a touching letter that conveys to card recipients just how magical Give Kids The World Village truly is. Read More

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    Partner Profile

Whole Foods Market Phillips Crossing Whole Foods Market Phillips Crossing has been a partner with the Village for the past couple of years. They recently ran a three-month campaign that benefitted GKTW called Donate Your Dime encouraging customers to donate the ten cents they save by bringing reusable shopping bags to the store. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

An Angel Reaches His Goal It is always amazing to hear how our volunteer Angels find their way to the Village. For Steve Oehler, it was just another day at his job at Universal Orlando Resort when a special button a child was wearing caught his attention. Read More

WGO feature

Congratulations Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina! During the week of Thanksgiving, Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina sent two wish families down to Give Kids The World Village to enjoy a week of Central Florida fun. These two wishes marked the 2,700th and 2,701st wishes for this chapter. Read More

    Family Letter  

Family Letter
There are no words that could ever start to explain how thankful and blessed we were to stay at Give Kids The World! From the bottom of our hearts we could never express to everyone that made our stay possible how thankful we are to them.

Being a family at GKTW is something that we will never forget. Everyone that participated in making this happen has made many, many beautiful memories our family will never forget possible. Read More

    Volunteer Position  

Volunteer Position: Pizza Cart
The Pizza Cart Volunteers deliver freshly made pizza to late-arriving families or guests craving a late night snack! Volunteers will assist in making pizzas, taking orders via phone and delivering pizzas to the villas on a golf cart. Age Requirements: 16+ with valid driver license.

To schedule this or any other volunteer position and to check out Angel news and benefits, visit the Volunteer Portal today!


Fanatic Fundraiser: Blogger Bowl
We are always so grateful when people honor the Village by holding fundraisers. There are many inspirations for these events, from companies who simply believe in our mission to individuals who have visited the Village either as a volunteer or a wish family. But for Jackie and Matt Roseboom, it was seeing a relative experience such joy in the theme parks after he was diagnosed with cancer that sparked the idea. They wanted to give that same happiness and hope to the children that come to Give Kids The World. Read more

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Upcoming Events

2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon: Run GKTW Team, January 8-12
Be a part of the inaugural Run GKTW team for the 2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna! If you didn’t get a chance to sign up to participate in the Full or Half Marathon, you can still support a runner on their journey to the start line. Runners must raise $3,000 in order to run as part of the GKTW team, so help our runners reach their goal by visiting http://www.givekidstheworld.org/run/runner.html.

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Extreme Village Makeover, January 12 - 25

In January 2014, the Village is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with an exciting initiative -- the Extreme Village Makeover! Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) is spearheading the two week effort to completely renovate 88 vacation villas at Give Kids The World Village with an estimated cost of $50,000 per villa.

We invite you to support this unique endeavor by making a donation or creating a fundraising page. Click here to join today, and help create the happiness that inspires hope at Give Kids The World.


2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Run GKTW Team, February 20-23
Run GKTW team members will be sporting their pink sneakers and tiaras for the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February. Whether they’re running the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or Glass Slipper Challenge (10k & Half Marathon), participants need support to get them to the start line. You can support a runner by visiting http://www.givekidstheworld.org/run/runner.html.

    2014 Black & White Gala  

26th Annual Black & White Gala,
May 3, 2014
Join us this spring for our signature event at Hyatt Regency Orlando featuring world class dining, breathtaking entertainment and an exciting silent auction. To reserve your table or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sandi Thompson at 407-396-1114 ext. 4538 or SandiT@gktw.org.


Global Airport Parking Round-Up Campaign The Global Change Initiative Program, an organization started by GlobalAirportParking.com, is partnering with Give Kids The World for the second time this year. The program lets customers round up the change from the bill for their airport parking reservations to be donated to a different nonprofit organization each month. In March 2013, the company chose the Village as the beneficiary for the campaign, and for the month of December they are honoring us once again. Global Airport Parking provides travelers the online convenience of reserving parking near over 100 airports and seaports. After making a reservation, on the checkout page you'll have the option to round up your reservation to the nearest dollar and donate the extra change to GKTW during the month of December. To find a parking location near you, visit www.globalairportparking.com/change.


Upcoming Fundraisers For information about fundraisers in your area visit our website.

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Facebook Post of the Month
Ebony Tenecia Arnold I just wanted you guys to know that Ava still has her hat. Thank you so much for being a great place for our kids to come and enjoy themselves. We stayed this past April and couldn't ask for a more wonderful place to call home while on my daughter's wish trip. Merry Christmas to you guys and thanks again! Read More



Video of the Month
Give Kids the World Village - Pie Throwing Event Watch the video



Tweet of the Month

Had a great time tonight at @GKTWVillage judging the Village Idol Contest. Read More


Cyber Monday

Bundle Up with GKTW Merchandise
As the temperatures drop, we’ve got just the items to keep you warm. These collegiate-themed sweatshirt items are sure to to ward off the winter chill.

Our collegiate-themed sweatshirt is the perfect way to show your GKTW style in the cooler months. $34.95 (+$2 for 2X, 3X) for adult, $32.95 for youth

Perfect for any occasion when you want to wrap yourself in warmth. This sweatshirt fabric blanket features our signature GKTW purple color and collegiate-themed logo. $28.95

**Our merchandise prices are subject to change without notice.

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