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Giving TWOsday

Make Your Donation Count Twice
on Giving Twosday

Make a donation to our organization on Tuesday, November 27 and it will be doubled. Giving Twosday is part of the national #GivingTuesday™ campaign which encourages individuals, families and corporations around the world to make an end of year donation on 11/27 to a charity of their choosing.

Thanks to the generosity of a GKTW volunteer family from Naples, Fla., all donations made on the GKTW #GivingTuesday™ First Giving Site from 12 a.m.–11:59 p.m. EST on this day will be matched up to $10,000. Read More

Gingebread Run

Gingerbread Run Raises
More Than $130,000

Dreams will now come true for many children with life-threatening illnesses thanks to the more than $130,000 that was raised on November 3 at the 4th Annual Give Kids The World Gingerbread Run 5K presented by Aaron’s. More than 1,100 participants of all ages and abilities ran, walked, rolled or strolled on a 3.1 mile path through Give Kids The World Village to raise funds for our organization.
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Windows Phone 8X by HTC Will Fulfill the Wishes
of 15 Children this Holiday

HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and T-Mobile USA are partnering to provide children with life-threatening illnesses and their families the opportunity to spend time at Give Kids The World Village.

Customers who purchase a new Windows® Phone 8X by HTC® in store or online can make their purchase count toward the wish-granting goal. Now through Monday, December 31, 2012, customers who purchase Windows Phone 8X by HTC from a T-Mobile authorized retailer will have the option to donate $1 of their purchase to Give Kids The World to help the total donation grow up to $75,000 with the potential to grant wishes for a multitude of families. Read More.


IAAPA Supports Give Kids The World
The amusement park industry came together again to support GKTW at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo held November 12–16 in Orlando.

IAAPA attendees and exhibitors helped raised nearly $100,000 for our organization by participating in a motorcycle rally, a golf tournament, a 5K run and by purchasing Chance-To-Win tickets sold at the GKTW booth at the Expo. Read more

  IAAPA Supports Give Kids The World      
      Partner Profile

You’ve Got a Friend in IHG
A friend since the beginning, IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading global hotel companies, and its owner community represented by the IHG Owners Association, held a groundbreaking ceremony today to announce the building of four new villas at the Village.
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  Angel Spotlight

Fishing Fun at the Village
As seven-year-old Sid Thomas Cox from England stood at the Give Kids The World Happy Harbor fishing dock's edge, steadily holding his fishing pole and cheerfully chatting about his favorite Star Wars characters, he suddenly felt his fishing line yank in his hands. Read More

WGO feature

GKTW Helps WGO Celebrate Milestone Memories and milestones shine bright at Give Kids The World Village. October 29, 2012 marked the beginning of a wish for Karson O'Hara and a stroll down memory lane for his mother, Amy, who returned to GKTW Village for the first time since her own wish in 1996. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
Tuesday I was sitting in the oncologist's office again. I have forgotten how many times we have done this now, but it’s been a lot. Eli, 8, is now 23 months off of treatment for leukemia. He was playing FIFA Soccer on the iPad as we waited.

Absolutely out of the blue and without looking up at me, he said, "I'm glad I got cancer." I thought this definitely required a follow-up question. "Why do you say that?" I asked. "Because I got that really cool trip to Disneyworld and Give Kids the World — where I ate ice cream everyday."
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      Guest Services Runner  

Volunteer Position: Guest Services Runner
Our families travel from near and far to stay with us at this magical Village, and some chose not have their own transportation while they are here. Our Guest Services Runners ensure that our families' needs are taken care of by providing them transportation to local shopping centers. If you are 21+ with a valid driver's license, you can sign up for a runner shift by calling Volunteer Services at 407-396-0770. Shifts run in the morning from 8 – 12 p.m. and in the evening from 5 – 9 p.m. Thank you, for dedicating your time to serve our families!


Fanatic Fundraiser
Thanks to The Stark Family, Christmas Comes Early
This Saturday, we had the pleasure of welcoming back alumni family, The Starks. Ethan Stark originally visited Give Kids The World five years ago, but on this trip, Ethan brought a lot more luggage! Over the past year, Ethan and his parents have collected $3,000 worth of toys, including Ethan’s own Christmas and Birthday gifts. Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      
      Upcomng Events

October 22, 2012: Boston Market Coupon Books Benefitting GKTW Go on Sale
This upcoming holiday season, Boston Market is once again raising funds for GKTW through their annual coupon book campaign. During November and December, 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 beginning
October 22. They also make great stocking stuffers.

November: Kangaroo Express Springing for Hope Kangaroo Express is partnering with Give Kids The World for the third time to help raise money 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 pinup in the shape of a football jersey. By donating just $1, you can help make wishes come true at the Village. Actually, you're doing so much more than placing a pinup on the wall; you're placing a smile on the faces of the families that visit the Village. Find a location.

      GKTW Black & White Gala  

June 1, 2013: Give Kids The World Black & White Gala at The Peabody Orlando
Join us in celebrating our 25th Annual Black & White Gala. For more information visit:


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

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Facebook Post of the Month
Dara Dandrea-Giannotti
We had a wonderful time on Halloween day as an alumni family on our 1st trip back since our make a wish trip in 2009. It was so much fun getting to try things at GKTW that we missed when we were down before because we were so busy trying to get to the parks. What a wonderful day! Wished we had, had more time. Looking forward to a time when my kids are a bit older and my youngest healthy enough that we can travel back to be volunteers!

  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
VingCard Elsafe supports Give Kids The World. World leader in hospitality security provides front desk system and state-of-the-art locking systemto non-profit organization for children with life-threatening illnesses.


Tweet of the Month 8 Nov Make-A-Wish BC&YK ‏@MakeAWishBC 6 yr old Cheyann falls in love with Mayor Clayton @GKTWVillage while on her wish. Read More


Free Shipping*
on all GKTW merchandise on Cyber Monday!

*FREE shipping (ground/domestic only)
all day.

Monday 11/26/12
12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
No minimum purchase required. Please enter code CYBERMON at checkout.

Click here to visit our online gift shop!

  Cyber Monday      
  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 115,000 families. For more information, visit

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