Village News: April 2013
Universal's VOlunteer Vacations

Universal's Volunteer Vacations
Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled a one-of-a-kind vacation package allowing guests to spend cherished family time in its theme parks and then to create unforgettable memories for children at Give Kids The World Village.

With this vacation offer, guests will spend two days enjoying unparalleled thrills at the Universal Orlando theme parks and one day making the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true. Read More

Extreme Village Makeover

Extreme Village Makeover
Give Kids The World has teamed up with Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world's largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies to launch an "Extreme Village Makeover." GKTW President, Pamela Landwirth, and Gary Rall, vice president of resort renovation and design, WVO, kicked off the project. Read More


Phillip's Miracle
There's an inspiring story behind every wish family at the Village, and a community with a courageous message to share with other children and their families. Give Kids The World is honored to be a part of this community and we are fortunate to welcome back wish families often. When wish children return to the Village as volunteer Angels, conversations that strike up over an ice cream scoop often end with a special bond of joy and encouragement. Read More

  Philip's Miracle      

Chuy's Helps Make Dreams Come True
Chuy's, the Austin, Texas based tex-mex restaurant, has been a supporter of the Village for over 15 years. Chuy's founders, Mike Young and John Zapp, were first introduced to Give Kids The World while attending a management seminar at Walt Disney World in the late 1990's.

Inspired by GKTW's mission to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, Mike and John have spent the last decade finding creative ways to help the Village. Read More

  Philip's Miracle      
      Partner Profile

Kangaroo Express, the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, operated by The Pantry, Inc., has been a cherished Village supporter since 2011. This month, Kangaroo Express announced that its Florida and select Georgia and South Carolina stores have raised more than $453,000 for Give Kids The World Village. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Professor Dave Parfitt led 13 students from SUNY at Geneseo for an alternative spring break at the Village. These Amazing Angels brought smiles to our special guests from sun up to sun down! The following is a collection of student reflections and a summary of how this trip was planned. Read More

WGO feature

Angels on the Go! As many of our Angels migrate back to their northern homes and others anticipate summer vacations, they are keeping Give Kids The World and our wish granting partners top of mind! Many Give Kids The World Angels and staff members have committed to visiting our wish granting partner office locations. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
Last year, we stayed at Give Kids The World Village for the best Spring Break ever! I am Matthew, a leukemia survivor. I was so happy to get a chance to meet you and all the nice people who work at your Village. That's me on the right. My brother and I miss you and Give Kids The World so much.

For our combined birthday party last week (both of us were born over Spring Break), we asked each friend not to give us a present, just a $5 donation for your Village. Read More

      Pizza Cart  

Volunteer Position: Pizza Cart
Mama Merry's Pizza Kitchen provides fresh and tasty pizzas to wish families in the comfort of their villa. The Pizza Cart Volunteers make deliveries 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 a valid driver's license. Email for more information.


Fanatic Fundraiser
Larose, LA may be over 700 miles away from Give Kids The World Village, but as frequently as the Mickey Maniacs visit the Village, you would think they lived across the street. Michelle Plaisance, a dedicated Middle School teacher, first heard about the Village during a trip to Epcot over 14 years ago. Since then, Michelle has led the Mickey Maniacs on a journey filled with countless volunteer hours and fundraising. Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Murphy's Fundraising Tips: Run GKTW
For a child battling a life-threatening illness, the chance to smile, laugh and truly be a kid may sometimes seem like a distant dream. By raising funds for Give Kids The World, you can help make that dream possible and bring happiness and hope to children who need it most! Read More


Upcoming Events

Boston Market Coupon Books, May 28
This summer, Boston Market is once again raising funds for GKTW through their annual coupon book campaign. Starting May 28, customers can receive a coupon book full of great savings on Boston Market dishes in exchange for a $1 donation. Pick up yours at participating Boston Market restaurants.

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 still available. Contact Lisa Bertin-Queena at (407)396-1114, ext. 4225 or visit for more information.

      Coasting For Kids  

Coasting For Kids, June 9
For adrenalin fans out there, we are excited to announce the chance of a lifetime! Cedar Fair Entertainment Company is partnering with Give Kids The World to host the 6th annual Coasting For Kids fundraiser. 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

      Disney Marathon  

2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon: Run GKTW Team, January 1-12, 2014
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

   , 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
Peggy Brandenburg
I love that my experience working in the Gingerbread House is a part of my life that I will never forget. Thank you for everything you do for the children and their families! Blessings to the Village always! My prayers will continue for all those you help and for everyone who gives to such a beautiful cause.

  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
Thank You IHG!
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Tweet of the Month
Mark Orwoll ‏@orwoll 5 May

Touring @gktwvillage in Orlando for kids with life-threatening illnesses. So worthwhile.
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GKTW Merchandise
Father's Day is less than a month away, and what better way to honor the fathers in our lives than with the gift of hope.

Large Duffle Bag Perfect for a gym or travel piece, the GKTW Large Duffle Bag is the perfect gift for Dad. Visit the GKTW Merchandise Store.

  Large Duffle Bag      

Children's Art Tie
When he is on the go, help Dad look his best with the GKTW Children's Art Tie. This blue silk twill tie features art drawn by wish children. Visit the GKTW Merchandise Store.

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

  Children's Art Tie      

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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