Village News: July 2013
Ice Cream For Breakfast

Ice Cream For Breakfast
What is the perfect treat for summer? Ice cream, of course! Give Kids The World is reaching out to alumni, volunteers and supporters with a fun and easy opportunity to help the Village while reminiscing over memories of the Ice Cream Palace.

Ice Cream For Breakfast is a grass-roots awareness and fundraising campaign inspired by one of the Village’s most beloved wish family traditions. Read More

Kilometers for Kendric

Kilometers For Kendric
Many people run for the exercise, but for Kendric Campbell, running is all about having fun and being fast. While Kendric’s speed is impressive, nothing is as impressive as his courage. When Kendric was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer at age 3, he and his family bravely faced the future as a team.

Under the direction of two wonderful young ladies, the Campbell’s community organized a run called Kilometers For Kendric to raise money for his treatments. Read More


Students Send Smiles from Yonkers
When Yonker’s Montessori Academy (YMA) teacher, Karen Lotito, first heard about Give Kids The World, she knew it would be perfect for her high school class’ intersession. An intersession is an integral part of a Montessori education that includes a week of study outside of the school building. Contributing to the community through service and shared experiences is an important part of the Montessori philosophy, so Karen and her students decided that helping the Village would be a part of their intersession. Read More

      Partner Profile

Vinylmation At The Village What a joy it is to have such a good partnership with heroes that care about our wish children’s happiness as much as we do. Dating back to the early days of Give Kids The World, Walt Disney World has always been a great friend to the Village and we are happy to see that the magic is still alive 27 years later. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Sam Nation The Prescott family first visited Give Kids The World for Sam’s wish trip during a summery August week in 2011. The family heard about GKTW from our dear friends at the Make-A-Wish Foundation but had no idea what to expect. Nothing could prepare them for the magical week ahead. Read More

WGO feature

GKTW’s Assistant Guest Services Manager, Amy Paul had the opportunity to participate in the 22nd Annual Association of Wish Granting Organizations (AWGO) Conference. The conference, held in Bethlehem, PA, gave Amy the opportunity to connect with 31 wish granters from all over the world. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
How inspiring it is to welcome back our wish families to the Village. For Give Kids The World, being a part of such a caring community is a special experience that becomes increasingly exciting as our wish families not only return to visit, but also marvel at all the changes and improvements that have occurred at the Village since their last visit. Read More

      Pool Attendant  

Volunteer Position: Park of Dreams Pool Attendant
Park of Dreams Pool volunteers help welcome wish families to the pool and splash pad play area. Duties include distributing towels, issuing locker keys, assisting guests with photo opportunities, organizing pool chairs and light clean up. Please note, volunteers do not perform lifeguard duties. Age Requirement: 12+ with an adult; 16+.

Already a part of the Angel team? Interested in the perks of being an Angel? Check out our new Volunteer Portal today!


Fanatic Fundraiser
It was not until Give Kids The World received a generous donation from Girl Scout Troop 704 that we knew what beauty could be found in a colorful bottle of nail polish. Sharon, the troop’s leader, was first introduced to the Village by her in-laws who have volunteered in the past. Inspired by GKTW’s mission, Sharon was excited to involve her troop in the happiness that inspires hope at the Village. In honor of the Girl Scout’s 100th anniversary in 2012, this group of amazing young ladies donated a $100 cookie-earned check to the Village! Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Murphy’s Fundraising Tip
To date, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 122,000 children and their families to the Village for their dream wish vacation. Your monthly gift, no matter the size, makes you a part of our special mission. GKTW’s Monthly Giving Program is an easy and flexible way to help wish children and their families experience a week of priceless memories by spreading your gift over a period of time. Read More


Upcoming Events

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 8-12
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

      Disney Princess Half Marathon  

2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Run GKTW Team, February 20-23
Have you been holding onto your pink sneakers and tiaras for a special occasion? Here is your chance to sport your royal running gear as you join the Run GKTW team for the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Whether you’re running the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or Glass Slipper Challenge (10k & Half Marathon), you can make your miles matter by joining the Run GKTW team. Registration is now open at

      2014 Black & White Gala  

26th Annual Black & White Gala, May 3, 2014
Join us on Saturday, May 3 for our signature event featuring world class dining, breathtaking entertainment and an exciting silent action in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody Orlando. To learn about table sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Bertin-Queena at 407-396-1114 ext. 4225 or


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

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Facebook Post of the Month
“My son said that he never felt so special anywhere else, and he wasn't even the 'wish' child.” Read More



Video of the Month
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Tweet of the Month
Travis Hofslien

Thank you @MakeAWish and @GKTWVillage for an amazing week with my family!


GKTW Merchandise
Here at Give Kids The World Village, Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry love to eat ice cream for breakfast and you can too! Celebrate Ice Cream For Breakfast’s Kick-off in style with these colorful ICFB Tees!

  Pink ICFB shirt   Blue ICFB shirt      

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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