Village News: March 2013
Charity Navigator

Give Kids The World Awarded Four-Star Rating for Eighth Consecutive Year
Give Kids The World is committed to fiscal responsibility and being a good steward of the support and resources we receive from our generous corporate heroes and dedicated individuals. GKTW is proud to announce our 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency for the eighth consecutive year by Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Read More


Ferrero Sweetens Valentine's Day
When Ferrero visited the Village, they did not come empty handed. To sweeten the Village's Valentine's Day celebration, Ferrero shared Nutella, Tic Tacs and of course their delicious Ferrero chocolates with our special families. “We had a tour of the Village and I was touched by all of the caring people, including our tour guides, that are dedicated to making kids and families happy. I was so touched by many of the different areas that were all about providing some happiness in these family’s lives,” said Mark Harm, Channel Leader for Ferrero USA. Read more

  Ferrero Rocher      

Mattress Firm Gets Comfortable
at The Village

As several buses pulled into Give Kids The World Village, over 600 Mattress Firm leaders and staff from across the country prepared for a day of beautification. Red t-shirts stating, "Give Big, Feel Big," filled the Village as groups toured each of our magical venues, soaking up the history of GKTW. Once the tours were done, the volunteer work began. Read More

  Mattress Firm      
      Partner Profile

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery has been a generous — and tasty — supporter of Give Kids The World since 1990. Through their dedicated fundraising efforts, Perkins funds and manages the Gingerbread House Restaurant (GBH). Read More

  Angel Spotlight

After learning that Tyler's Mailbox from the movie Letters to God, resides at the Village, Reagyn couldn’t wait to visit, drop off her letters and volunteer. Read More

WGO feature

GKTW On The Road to Wishes & Snow! From Orlando to Toronto, Chicago and Denver — Give Kids The World wraps up a productive month of wish granting organization visits, presentations and discussions. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
I visited Give Kids The World (GKTW) in 1996 as a wish child. I have Cystic Fibrosis, and was 10 years old at the time. We spent the week between Christmas and New Year's in Orlando enjoying Disney World, Universal Studios and the beautiful weather! Quite a change from our cold Ohio winters! My favorite memories are of the ice cream caboose, the arcade and my daily morning ride on the Enchanted Carousel. Read More


Volunteer Position: Digital Photographer
Our Village photographers capture special moments and magical memories with our wish families during our nightly parties, character interactions and more! See the magic firsthand as a Volunteer Digital Photographer. After you attend a training session, equipment will be provided. Age Requirement: 18+. Additional Requirements: Must first complete a Digital Photography Assistant shift & a Digital Photographer Training session. Email for more information.


Fanatic Fundraiser
This month, Give Kids The World rumbled with the sounds of roaring engines as Mayor Clayton led a parade of beautiful Camaros through the Village. The 2nd Annual Sunshine State Camaro Rally traveled to Kissimmee, where over 81 Camaro owners participated in the charity cruise to Give Kids The World Village. Clubs from all over Florida joined in the ride, as well as a few travelers from New York and Pennsylvania. Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Murphy's Fundraising Tips
When it comes to organizing your own fundraiser, the only limit is your imagination. Fundraising with a group of friends, relatives or coworkers is a great way to have a wonderful time while supporting the special children at Give Kids The World. Easy and fun fundraising ideas include:

  • dance parties
  • festivals, carnivals
  • car washes
  • golf tournaments
  • silent auctions
  • walk-a-thons

Contact us and we can help you plan and organize a fun, memorable and successful fundraiser. Before you begin to plan your event, please read our fundraising guidelines and be sure to let us know when your fundraiser is taking place. For more information, please visit our Group Opportunities page at

Jackson Hewitt Provides Big Savings and Big Donations
Our friends at Jackson Hewitt are turning tax season into the season of hope. By simply printing this coupon you can 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


Upcoming Events

Kangaroo Express Hops for Hope, March 1 – 31
Kangaroo Express is partnering with Give Kids The World for the fourth time to help raise funds and support for the Village. For $1, you can go into any Kangaroo Express in the state of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and buy a tropical pinup. By donating just $1, you can help create the happiness that inspires hope at the Village. The past three Kangaroo Express fundraisers have generated a remarkable $827,000 for GKTW.

Perkins Circles of Hope, March 11 – April 21
Starting March 11, Perkins and Marie Callender’s will begin their Circles of Hope campaign. From March 11 to April 21, guests can donate $1, $5 or $10 to personalize a “Circle of Hope” to hang in the restaurant. Show your support for GKTW by visiting a participating Perkins or Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery. All donations collected from the event will help provide meals served at the Village’s Gingerbread House Restaurant.

Global Airport Parking Round-up, March 1 – 31
For our supporters on the go, Global Airport Parking has made it even easier to support Give Kids The World. Global Airport Parking provides travelers the online convenience of reserving parking near over 100 airport and seaports. This March, their checkout page will feature the option to round up your reservation to the nearest dollar and donate the extra change to GKTW. To find a parking location near you, visit

5th Annual AAA Moving & Storage Golf Tournament, May 11
Join us for a day of great golf, great food and great friends at the 5th Annual AAA Moving & Storage Golf Tournament. Tee off at the Summerfield Crossing Golf Club in Riverview, Florida and end the day with a delicious chargrilled steak dinner, all while helping support the precious children that GKTW serves. For more information, please contact Karen Cook at

Chuy’s Kissimmee VIP Sneak Preview, March 19
Chuy's, the Austin TX based tex-mex restaurant, will be officially opening their doors in Kissimmee on Tuesday, March 19. Chuy’s has partnered with Give Kids The World to raise money through a series of events from March 15-19 at the new location at 7913 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34747. For more information, or to RSVP, please email or call 407.284.6653.


25th Annual Black & White Gala, Saturday, June 1
Please join us on Saturday, June 1 for our signature event featuring spectacular dining, breathtaking entertainment and an exciting silent auction in the Grand Ballroom of the Peabody Orlando.

Tables and tickets are now on sale. Contact Lisa Bertin-Queena at (407)396-1114, ext. 4225 or visit for more information.

      Coasting For Kids  

Coasting For Kids, June 9
Are you craving an adrenalin rush? If so, this is the chance of a lifetime! Cedar Fair Entertainment Company will be partnering with Give Kids The World to host the 6th annual Coasting For Kids fundraiser. Now is your chance to visit Cedar Fair’s best-loved theme parks for marathon rides that will make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. For more information or to register, please visit


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

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

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Facebook Post of the Month
Kym Krueger

Our family is missing you all very much!! We are having ice cream for breakfast and playing GKTW CANDY LAND game this morning! While we share our memories of our magical times there!! Thank you for the love and memories!! XO

  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
St Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church - Service Trip to Give Kids The World Watch the video.


Tweet of the Month
Jennava Laska ‏@JennavaLaska

Showing support on the Red Carpet at the Oscars tonight with our Give Kids The World Village lapel pin @GKTWVillage


GKTW Merchandise
When the weather is chilly, who doesn’t love to curl up with a good book? Learn the compelling life story of Henri Landwirth, founder of Give Kids The World with Gift of Life, or travel on a journey through heartfelt family letters and photos, which have inspired the Village, with In a Perfect World. Mark your page with our HOPE bookmark. Visit the GKTW Merchandise Store.


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

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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