Village News: June 2013
Boston Market Coupon Book

Boston Market's Summer Coupon Book
Since joining the Give Kids The World family in 2008, Boston Market has demonstrated a dedication and commitment to the Village that extends through the entire company. Today, the company provides its famous, fresh, nutritious and healthy foods to the families of GKTW every day at Katie’s Kitchen. Read More

The Perfect Pitch

The Perfect Pitch

Alumni wish child, Timothy, took the mound at a Marlin’s baseball game for a very special ceremonial first pitch. Timothy was joined by two larger than life Transformers from Universal Orlando Resort. Way to go, Timothy! Read More


Hunter Amenities
At Give Kids The World Village, our villas were designed to serve as a comforting home away from home for our precious families. To further enhance the experience for our younger guests, they are treated to their own special collection of personal care products. Made especially for GKTW by Hunter Amenities International Ltd., the Ice Cream Palace Collection features shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap and lotion in fun and fragrant scents reminiscent of yummy ice cream flavors like Sweet Vanilla Ice Cream and Juicy Strawberry Ice Cream.Read More

  Hunter Amenities      

Check out the 2012 Give Kids The World Annual Report!
GKTW’s 2012 Annual Report is now available for viewing. The Village is proud to be ranked among the nation’s top charities. Click here to glimpse the magic achieved in 2012.

      Partner Profile

Sierra Land Groundbreaking: A New Home for Hope The Give Kids The World Adopt-A-Villa program is a unique group volunteer opportunity that helps the Village continue to be the place where happiness inspires hope. Dedicated groups spruce up, clean up and maintain these truly unique buildings that our families call home while on their dream vacation. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Nate Rasmussen is the proud leader of Nate’s Angels a group of GKTW Angels who volunteer every 3rd Thursday in the Ice Cream Palace. Nate first began volunteering in 2005 and has clocked in over 280 hours of dedicated ice cream scooping. Nate’s Angels put their own unique spin on volunteering with a variety of themes and costumes. Read More

WGO feature

GKTW’s Guest Services Manager, Angela Merrihew, recently participated in Make-A-Wish’s (MAW) Regional Summit and provided updates about the Village as well as learned about the latest happenings within MAW. The Summit, held in Columbus, OH, gave Angela a chance to bring a little piece of Give Kids The World to over 30 representatives... Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
Our family was able to stay at Give Kids The World this past summer. It was an amazing experience. Our daughter April completed her chemo treatments in January. To celebrate we threw a party and asked our guests for donations to organizations that helps us through this journey. Thank you for giving us the memories of a lifetime. Read More

      Airport Greeter  

Volunteer Position: Sanford Airport Greeter
Give Kids The World is currently seeking enthusiastic Angels to become Airport Greeters at the Orlando Sanford International Airport. This is your chance to be the very first person our wish families meet when they arrive on their extraordinary vacation! Airport Greeters are responsible for meeting families as they disembark from their plane, assisting with locating their luggage and helping them coordinate their rental car or shuttle service.

All Airport Greeters must be at least 18 years old and will receive complimentary parking at the Airport. Dress code requirements do apply. Those interested in greeting must complete training and a few shadow experiences, all of which are conducted at the Orlando International Airport (OIA). The GKTW Airport staff will contact the Airport Greeters with a list of greets at the Sanford Airport. Sanford greeters may also request to greet at OIA.

If you are interested in becoming a Sanford Airport Greeter, please e-mail the GKTW Volunteer Services team at or call the office at 407-396-0770.


Fanatic Fundraiser

What does good Karma mean to you? To Student Media Group (SMG), it’s about paying it forward and not expecting anything in return. SMG designs Karma Wallets, a socially conscious product created to spread the message of good Karma and to help you “enlighten your wallet.” Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      
      Mayor Cooking  

Chef Clayton's Tips for Cooking with Kids

Teaching your children to participate in cooking healthy and delicious food can help them make better food choices away from home and can help build confidence. Here are 5 tips to make the most out of your next cooking adventure with the little ones. 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

   , 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
Lacey Powers-Wesley
We are the Wesleys and a wish brought us to Give Kids The World. A magical place for all children, a place where kids can be kids no matter what their limitations may be. Here there are none. Our family has gotten more out of our experience than we ever thought possible, a true miracle. Our son is talking. Read More



Video of the Month –
Schahet Hotels had the pleasure of volunteering at the fantastic Give Kids The World Village and it was an experience that went beyond measure.
Watch the video



Tweet of the Month
Bailee Madison's post on Vine

GKTWVillage Gala 2013!!!
Check it out.


GKTW Merchandise
As temperatures begin to rise, keep things cool with our stylish cooler bag. Our GKTW ribbon clad Koolie Carry All features an outer pocket and a zippered main compartment with foil lining for insulation.

When you’re on the go, protect your smart phone with our new Cell Phone Pouch. This cushy pouch is a universal size to fit the vast majority of smart phones.

To view these products online, please visit the GKTW Merchandise Store.

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

  Koolie Carry All/Cell Phone Pouch      

Please consider joining the Henri Landwirth Society
For more information contact

  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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