Village News: October 2013

Support GKTW on #GivingTuesday™

Everyone has heard of Black Friday, but what about Giving Tuesday? The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been given its own special designation. The national #GivingTuesday™ campaign encourages individuals, families and corporations around the world to make an end-of-year donation on December 3 to a charity of their choosing.

The campaign aims to bring together the community the same way Black Friday brings together retail stores. In the giving spirit of the holidays, consider making a contribution to the Village. Your gift will enable us to continue to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. You can make a donation to Give Kids The World by clicking here.


Gingerbread Run Raises Record Amount
Over 1600 participants descended on the Village on Saturday, November 2 for the 5th Annual Gingerbread Run 5k presented by Aaron’s. Wish families cheered on people as they ran, walked, strolled and rolled through the Village. This year’s event was the biggest yet, with over $165,000 raised. The top team fundraiser award went to Boston Market with $9,030! We’d also like to thank Team Nick, Team Tailgate and Team Ashtyn for their amazing fundraising efforts! Read More

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Microsoft Store Bestows $250,000+ Grant
Give Kids The World received a fantastic surprise recently! We were chosen by Microsoft Corporation as one of their four nonprofit partners in Orlando. As a designated partner, GKTW staff and volunteers were invited to attend the Grand Opening of their new store in The Mall at Millenia. During the celebration, Arthur Filip, Microsoft’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales, presented GKTW with a software grant of $250,000 and a $5,000 hardware grant! Read More

Can-struction for a Cause    

Can-struction For a Cause
The bright, whimsical Give Kids The World Village logo has been reproduced many times – but never like it was recently. The logo was recreated entirely out of canned and packaged food for a design/build competition called Canstruction. This annual charity event holds contests across the country, asking participants from local schools, corporations and community groups to gather food bank donations to build a structure that represents a specific theme. Read More

    Partner Profile

Bonnet Creek In an effort to support GKTW, while at the same time promoting health and wellness initiatives, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and several other local resorts including Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando were greeted by 200 people on September 21, 2013 for a 5K walk/run at the Bonnet Creek Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

An Angel’s 20th Anniversary There was a celebration this month at Give Kids The World for an Angel who has been around almost as long as the Village itself. Gloria Grasley celebrated her 20 year anniversary as a volunteer, and the staff made sure she knew how much they appreciated her hard work by throwing a party in her honor. Read More

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Make-A-Wish recently hosted their Annual Conference at the Talking Stick Resort (Scottsdale, AZ) with nearly 500 leaders in wish-granting in attendance. It was three days filled with chapter recognition, future goals, reflections and stories of hope. To say an attendee leaves inspired is an understatement. Read More

    Family Letter  

Family Letter
Our family just wanted to thank everyone, staff and volunteers, for our wonderful stay at the Village! We’ve never been on a family vacation and this will be pretty hard to top!

Your service to our family was absolutely outstanding! It was magical, and in the life of a sick child they hear “no” and a lot of “cannots.” Here it was all “yes” and “you can!” Read More

    Welcome Hut  

Volunteer Position: Welcome Hut
Be the first to welcome everyone to Give Kids The World! Welcome Hut Volunteers are responsible for greeting all GKTW families, staff, volunteers and visitors. Volunteers will also assist with clerical duties and answering phones. Age Requirement: 16+

To schedule yourself for this or any other volunteer position and to check out Angel news and benefits, visit the Volunteer Portal today!


Fanatic Fundraiser: Indy DIS Meet
Six years ago, a small group of Disney enthusiasts in Indianapolis decided to start a meet-up where they could get together and talk about all things Disney. At the time they had no idea that the event would eventually become a fundraiser that has donated over $20,000 to Give Kids The World.
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Upcoming Events

ICE! GKTW Charity Day at Gaylord Palms Resort, November 23
Gaylord Palms is helping to make the dreams of our children come true by hosting a Give Kids The World Charity Preview Day on Saturday, November 23. On this day, $5 from each adult ticket will be donated to GKTW. Thank you, Gaylord Palms, for continuing to bring magical holiday memories to our families.

Special Ticket Pricing November 23 ONLY!
Use promotional code: GKTW

Adult tickets: $18.00 +tax (reg $29.99)
Child ticket: $8.99 +tax (reg $16.99)
Purchase tickets.

Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and all related characters and properties © 2013 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C. • Frosty TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. & Classic Media, LLC. Based on the musical composition FROSTY THE SNOWMAN © Warner/Chappell.

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Boston Market Holiday Coupon Books, December
This upcoming holiday season, Boston Market is once again raising funds for GKTW through their annual coupon book campaign. During the month of 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. They also make great stocking stuffers.


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

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


Upcoming Fundraisers For information about fundraisers in your area visit our website.

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Facebook Post of the Month
Tracy Healy Brandon's love of Mickey Mouse started with GKTW. He loves his Mickey plush given to him while we were there and sleeps with it every night. Read More



Video of the Month
Christopher sings Firework by Katy Perry at Give Kids the World "Village Idol" Watch the video



Tweet of the Month

Oh yeah! Picture with Mayor Clayton from gktw getting my award! 2nd overall female @ Osceola… Read More


Cyber Monday

Free Shipping* on all GKTW merchandise on Cyber Monday!
*FREE shipping (standard, ground service/domestic only) all day.

Monday December 2, 12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

No minimum purchase required. Please enter code CYBERMON at checkout.

 Visit our online gift shop. **Our merchandise prices are subject to change without notice.

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