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Gingerbread Run

Run, run as fast as you can!
What do you think of when you hear "gingerbread"?
Building houses out of candy, decorating cookies or good old fashioned holiday spirit?

Well, here at Give Kids The World the meaning of gingerbread just got a whole lot bigger —
5 kilometers to be exact! Read More


Special Ticket Pricing
November 17 ONLY!

Use promotional code: CHGKTW

Adult tickets: $15 (reg $27.99) Children's tickets: $8.99
(reg $13.99)

$5 from each adult ticket sold for November 17 with this promo code will be donated to Give Kids The World.

What's Florida's hottest holiday attraction? The frigid ICE!™ attraction at Gaylord Palms Resort, of course!
This holiday season, the DreamWorks' Animation holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and four two-story ice slides carved entirely from TWO-MILLION pounds of ice.

Give Kids The World wish children and their siblings will be able to join in the fun again this year as Gaylord Palms Resort has extended complimentary admission to all families staying at the Village.

In addition, Gaylord Palms is helping to make the dreams of our children come true by hosting a Give Kids The World Charity Preview on Saturday, November 17. On this day, tickets to the attraction will be available at 50% off retail price, with $5 from each adult ticket donated to GKTW. Over the last four years, Gaylord Palms has helped raise more than $100,000 for our wish families through this cool holiday tradition. Thank you, Gaylord Palms, for continuing to bring magical memories to our families.

To purchase tickets, visit:


Ice Cream Palace:
Now Looking Tastier Than Ever

In a whimsical land full of fanciful architecture and jubilant smiles, GKTW's Ice Cream Palace (ICP) really puts the cherry on top. With a roof made of giant cookies and bananas, the sundae and cone-topped ICP is visible from almost anywhere on the Avenue of Angels. Although the ICP is accented with Popsicle sticks, cherries and goodies galore; however, we recommend going inside for a much tastier array of options.

This past year, there have been some changes inside the ICP that's enough to make anyone crave a bowl of the delectable, cold treat. Read More

New Ice Cream Palace      
      Partner Profile

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery:
Full Tummies and Full Hearts Across America
Full tummies and full hearts were plentiful on Saturday, September 15, as GKTW supporters across the nation visited their local Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in support of Give Kids The World Pancake Day. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Max, the Amazing
Therapy Dog
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It’s almost Thursday. Do you know what that means? That means I'll be taking my owner, Gary, to Give Kids The World Village! I'm more excited than when I get a new squeaky chew toy! Read More

WGO feature

"You definitely have to see it to believe it!" That is the common phrase heard from recent visitors to the Village after they return to their home or office and share the Give Kids The World experience with friends or coworkers. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
Former wish child Ariangely and her family were invited to speak at the Gingerbread Run 5K Kickoff Meeting, but, upon seeing the crowd (nearly 60 people!), Ariangely grew too shy to deliver the speech she had prepared. Luckily, we have the chance to share it with you here. We still think she’s a very brave girl. Read More


Volunteer Position: Carousel
Imagine a magical world where worry is wiped away with a spin of a carousel past a frosted gingerbread house, a magical castle and a snoring tree. Well, at Give Kids The World, our families experience this unique opportunity over and over again.

Our Enchanted Carousel is one of the few wheelchair accessible merry-go-rounds in the world and boasts an almost zero wait time. Be a part of this magical experience by becoming a carousel volunteer. If you are 18 or older, you can sign up for a carousel shift by calling Volunteer Services at 407-396-0770. Shifts run from 8 –11 a.m. and from 5 – 9 p.m. Thank you for dedicating your time to serving our families! For more information, contact Volunteer Services at


Fanatic Fundraiser
Ballet slippers and banana splits — this was the scene at the Experimental Movement Concepts dance studio in New Freedom, PA this past June. The studio's owner, Robin Snyder-Wiencek, allowed Mike Dunphy, his wife Tammi and daughters Rebecca, Hannah and Rachel from Stewartstown, PA to host an Ice Cream For Breakfast event to raise funds in support of Give Kids The World.
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  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Seven Reasons to "Give" Kids The World

Give Kids The World. Four simple words, but their combination holds such meaning, power and emotion. Give Kids The World means a lot of things to a lot of people.

As we approach the holiday season, I thought it’d be interesting to ask a few staff members what it means to "give" at Give Kids The World. Read More

      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.

October 23, 2012: Give Kids The World Night at Texas Roadhouse in Kissimmee, FL Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Kissimmee, Fla., is hosting a special fundraiser with 10% of all the evening's food sales going to benefit Give Kids The World Village. To participate, guests should mention the charity to their server.

      Gingerbread Run  

November 3, 2012: Gingerbread Run 5k
at Give Kids The World Village. Join hundreds of GKTW supporters on a 3.1 mile run/walk through our whimsical Village. Don't live in Florida? Participate virtually or host a Gingerbread Run in your own neighborhood. For more information, please visit


November 17, 2012: ICE! GKTW Charity Day at Gaylord Palms Resort Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla., celebrates a "Merry Madagascar" this year with hand-carved ice sculptures in a stunning, 9° Fahrenheit, indoor display. Support the Village in a very cool way by purchasing tickets at and using promo code CHGKTW when checking out. Be sure to share this code with friends and family. You'll save money on ticket prices and $5 of each adult ticket is donated to GKTW! It’s a win-win!

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
Stephanie Culbreth
Give Kids The World inspired me to keep giving back when I toured the facility during the Princess America national pageant in 2011. — with Bobbie Culbreth.

  YouTube Video

Video of the Month –
Make A Wish trip to Disney World, Give Kids The World


Tweet of the Month Make-A-Wish NT‏@MakeAWishNT5h Fernanda enjoys the all-you-can-eat ice cream parlor at @GKTWVillage in Orlando, Florida. #icecream


GKTW Holiday Cards

Share a message of inspiration this season by sending a card from the Give Kids The World Holiday Collection to your friends, family, coworkers or clients.

The 2012 Give Kids The World Holiday Card Collection features festive artwork by wish children and their siblings with a personal letter from the family on the back. 100% of profits from the card benefit Give Kids The World. Personalized messages and company logo imprints are available.

$14.95 per pack (15 cards)

Visit the Give Kids The World Merchandise Store

  GKTW Holiday Cards      
  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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