Village News: January 2013
Chesapeake Hospitality

Chesapeake Hospitality
Wraps Up a Year of Giving

The holiday season is often referred to as the "Season of Giving," and thanks to Chesapeake Hospitality, the season was in full swing at Give Kids The World.

Chesapeake Hospitality, one of the country's fastest growing third-party hotel management companies, has graciously raised a total of $25,000 for the Village. Read More

American Culinary Federation

American Culinary Federation Chefs
Serve Smiles at Give Kids The World

For the past 20 years, the American Culinary Federation Central Florida Chapter has helped to make Give Kids The World's annual holiday feast a magical event. This year was no exception. More than 20 chefs and 30 culinary students arrived at the Village on a cool December night, ready to delight families and children with delicious treats, fascinating demonstrations and fun activities. Read More


A Jackson Hewitt Celebration
On December 14, managers from Florida Jackson Hewitt offices visited Give Kids The World to kick off their new partnership with the Village. The day started with a tour of the Village, where managers learned of our history and mission. At the end of the tour, Jackson Hewitt managers rolled up their sleeves to assist with various work projects around the Village. While some assisted our volunteers with their assignments, others added fresh coats of paint to our lovely rocking chairs. Read more

  Jackson Hewitt      

Windy Ridge Students
Bring New Friends to The Village

Thanks to a group of special visitors from Windy Ridge K-8 School, many of our visiting wish children made new, cuddly friends. As part of the "Hugs Across America" initiative, seven classes of dedicated students collected donations throughout the school year to provide adorable bears to children at the Village. Read More

  Windy Ridge      
      Partner Profile

The Harris Rosen Foundation Invests in Hope
Thanks to the amazing generosity of Orlando hotelier, Harris Rosen, the Harris Rosen Foundation has made one of the largest donations ever received by Give Kids The World in our 26-year history. Last month, Rosen presented a check for $1 million to GKTW, towards the addition of 64 new villas to the Village. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Amberville volunteers Joan and Roy are helping GKTW even when they grocery shop. The couple meets with the manger of their local Publix every time they are in the store to ask for any close-out coloring books which can be donated to the Village. Their efforts have really paid off as this Manager has set up a standing order of one book for each of our villas each and every week!

WGO feature

Wishes from Across the Pond
For the fourth consecutive year, Give Kids The World welcomed Caudwell Children's Destination Dreams program. This unique wish-granting partner annually sponsors a group of wish families from the United Kingdom — from flights to accompanying medical and volunteer support. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
Here at Give Kids The World, we love to hear from past wish families on how their trip has impacted their lives. This letter comes from Cara, a wish mom, who visited the Village with her daughter, Libby, in 2011. Read More

      Horse & Pony Rides  

Volunteer Position: Horse & Pony Rides
Each week, the Village gives children a chance to meet and ride real horses. Volunteer duties include signing-in families, putting on safety helmets, assisting with mounting riders on horses, leading/guiding horses, side-walking horses, creating certificates for riders, distributing cowboy hats and track maintenance. Volunteers must be able to physically do each job in order to meet safety regulations. Age Requirement: 16+; or 14+ with an adult; Shifts: Wednesday and Saturday from 7:45 to 11 a.m. Training is provided. Email for more information.


Fanatic Fundraiser
When 6-year old Makena learned about Give Kids The World, she was eager to help in any way she could. As an avid fan of Disney World, Makena felt that any child going through a difficult time in life should have the opportunity to enjoy a trip to her favorite theme park.

With the help of her family, Makena started an organization called Makena's Rae of Sunshine Foundation. Over the course of a summer, Makena held several bake sales and operated a lemonade stand. When her lemonade stand made $100 in its first day, Makena was thrilled. Inspired by this success, Makena continued in her efforts and raised a total of $335! Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Murphy's Fundraising Tips
After the holiday gift giving is done, many of us realize we have items to spare. Thanks to many generous donors, Give Kids The World receives items needed for our daily gift-giving program, supplies for our Family Entertainment Program and items needed to help keep the Village sparkling. Donating goods and services is a great way to help the Village continue sharing the magic.

Here are 10 post-holiday left overs you might have stashed away that could benefit the Village:

  • Gift Bags
  • Character Costumes
  • AA & AAA alkaline batteries
  • Candy (no gum or chocolate)
  • Disposable Cutlery
  • Gift Cards
  • Bubble Wrap or Peanuts
  • Packaging Tape
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glitter

For more information about our Wish List or other ways in which you can help make a difference in the life of a child, click here.


Upcoming Events

Please join us for an evening of elegance, fine dining
& spectacular entertainment at the

Saturday, June 1, 2013 · The Grand Ballroom · The Peabody Orlando
6:30 p.m. Cocktails · 7:30 p.m. Dinner

Visit to reserve your seats or contact Lisa Bertin-Queena at 407.396.1114 ext. 4225 or

Complimentary rooms for table purchasers at The Peabody must be reserved
by February 1, 2013. Black tie optional, black & white preferred. Seating is limited.

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

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Facebook Post of the Month
Terri Marshall Hoyle
Not a lot of wrapping paper in our house today because the kids' Christmas gift is a trip to GKTW to volunteer. We have wanted to come back since we were there on Abigail's wish trip in November, 2011. We can't wait!!!

  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
Christmas Decorating at Give Kids the World Village
The Quietly Making Noise, LLC Adopt-A-Villa team brought the Christmas spirit to the Give Kids The World Village by decorating 9 Christmas trees. Watch the video.


Tweet of the Month ansleymoore95 (Ansley Moore) First day at Give Kids The World! #trainconductor #excited


Calling All Artists!
Is someone in your house a future Picasso or Monet? Then our Holiday Art Search is right for you!

At Give Kids The World Village, our brightest moments are seen through the eyes of our smallest guests. Whether your art captures your happiest holiday moment here at the Village or back at home, our supporters adore seeing children's artwork as a part of our Merchandise collection.

We invite wish children and their siblings to channel any leftover holiday creativity and submit artwork for the 2013 Holiday Card Collection. If your artwork is selected, you will win a $25 gift card! Read More

  Holiday Cards      
  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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