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Village News: October 2013
Gingerbread Run

GKTW Gingerbread Run 5K
What better way to experience Give Kids The World than by running, walking, strolling or rolling through the 70-acre whimsical Village during the 5th annual Gingerbread Run 5K presented by Aaron’s. On November 2, participants will visit GKTW for a fun-filled day complete with confetti cannons, characters like Mayor Clayton and celebration zones to keep everyone motivated.

Last year was the most successful run to date, and we’re aiming even higher this year! But we can’t do it without your help. Sign up today to join in on the fun and help us reach our goal of raising $164,000. Hurry because registration is limited to the first 1,600 people. If you can’t make it to the Village on November 2, you can still help by raising money as a virtual runner. For more information, visit gingerbreadrun.org.


Chill Out at Florida’s Coolest Holiday Attraction
This holiday season, join Frosty, everyone's favorite snowman, and his friends on their quest to the North Pole in a colorfully frozen retelling of this original Christmas classic! Marvel at more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and four ice slides.

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, tickets to the attraction will be available at 40%-50% off retail price with the use of a special promo code, with $5 from each adult ticket 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)

To purchase tickets, click here.

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.


Kindness is a Place
Give Kids The World. Prior to August 2013 these words meant little to me. An accommodation for my son’s upcoming Make-a-Wish trip to Disney World. A place to stay. A minor detail.

And then we were there. And everything changed.

Give Kids The World is more than just a place, it’s an experience. If Eden were to be found on earth, I’m certain that this would be it. Read More

  Kindness is a Place      
      Partner Profile

Holiday Isle Food, fun and music were abundant at the Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort in St. Augustine recently when they held their 16th annual benefit for Give Kids The World. The poolside bash was well attended, and Mayor Clayton even stopped by to cut loose. He also pitched in with the exciting live auction, which helped bring the total raised from the event to over $8,000! Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Angels From Abroad The Village would not be the same without the amazing volunteer Angels that so generously donate their time each day to make the experience for our wish families so wonderful. Recently, Give Kids The World welcomed two new Angels who traveled all the way from Germany with the sole purpose of spending an entire year volunteering at GKTW. Read More

WGO feature

Dreams Being Produced Here! Give Kids The World congratulates Dream Factory on another successful year of fulfilling the dreams of children across the country. Each chapter is entirely volunteer-run and fulfills every type of dream that you can think of, but as you can imagine GKTW is at the top of the list for many of their kids! Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
It feels like just yesterday that we brought Hannah to the Village. Two months before our visit, and just a week before I finished radiation therapy, she had her third heart surgery. Knowing that our trip was near gave our whole family something to look forward to.

In preparing for the start of the school year, we bought a few extra supplies to share with the Village. Hannah and I then remembered how special it was to come back to the villa each day and find a gift, so she picked out some gifts for other kids that get to go to the Village. Read More

      Gift Shop Attendant  

Volunteer Position: Katie’s Kitchen
The Katie’s Kitchen Volunteers are responsible for taking food orders, utilizing a computerized order system, packaging orders for pick-up and delivering food orders to guest villas using a golf cart. Duties also include maintaining food-service standards set forth by Boston Market, set up and minimal clean up.

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: Scoops of Joy
When Manon was four years old, she was granted a magical wish trip to Give Kids The World. After being born with a heart defect and undergoing three open-heart surgeries before the age of three, Manon and her family deserved a week of carefree relaxation and magical memories. Although Manon was young, the family knew that now was the perfect time for the wish trip. After all, wish trips are for the whole family and Manon’s siblings had experienced a great deal of stress while their parents were always away at the hospital with Manon. Read more

  Fanatic Fundraiser      

Upcoming Events

Kangaroo Express Pin Up Campaign, October
During the month of October, Kangaroo Express stores in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are collecting donations by asking customers to purchase a paper football pin up to hang in the store. For just $1, you can help us continue to make wishes come true at the Village.

      Boston Market Coupon Book  

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.

      Disney Marathon  

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 gktw.org/run.

      Disney Princess Half Marathon  

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 gktw.org/run.


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

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Facebook Post of the Month
3 of my girls on the carriage ride at the village. We had an AMAZING time. We can not thank you all enough!!



Video of the Month
Video set to song written by my husband and his best friend for our favourite charity - Give Kids The World. This was presented during the 2nd annual fundraiser for GKTW Sunday, August 11, 2013. Watch the video


Tweet of the Month

Give Kids The World Village: Making Dreams Come True One Wish at a Time- Part 2 wp.me/p1TYpW-1l7


Holiday Cards

GKTW Holiday Cards
This holiday season, you can help support the Village and share a message of inspiration by sending a card from the Give Kids The World Holiday Collection to your friends, family, coworkers or clients.

The 2013 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.

$14.95 per pack (15 cards) · Personalization and company logo imprints are available for an additional charge.

Visit the Give Kids The World Merchandise Store for additional holiday gift-giving ideas.

Please consider joining the Henri Landwirth Society
For more information contact hls@gktw.org.

  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 122,000 families. For more information, visit givekidstheworld.org.

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