Village News: September 2013
Perkins Pancake Day

GKTW Pancake Day at Perkins:

September 26

Show your support for Give Kids The World by celebrating GKTW Pancake Day at your local Perkins Restaurant & Bakery on Thursday, September 26.

Participating Perkins Restaurants across the country are serving up free short stacks of their famous buttermilk pancakes in exchange for donations to GKTW. This is your chance to support the Village's Gingerbread House Restaurant, where Perkins has provided more than four million meals for wish families.

Click here to find a Perkins near you.

Ambassadors of Hope

Ambassadors of Hope
Give Kids The World provides wish families the unique and priceless gift to experience a week of magical memories that will last forever. Thanks to our corporate and individual supporters, GKTW can continue upholding its promise of never turning away a child whose wish is to visit the Central Florida attractions. Many of our treasured supporters came to know the Village by way of a story. Alumni wish families who share their stories of strength, courage and a carefree week of hope leave lasting impressions on the listeners. Read More


Heather’s Scoop on
Ice Cream For Breakfast

In January 1996, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor from a simple vision exam. I was sent home from school for a week straight, complaining of horrible headaches. From there I had my initial surgery to remove the tumor with no luck. A shunt was placed in my head to help drain the fluid that was building up. Read More

  Amberville Train      
      Partner Profile

Jackson Hewitt During this year’s tax season, taxpayers who filed with Jackson Hewitt helped make the lives of some deserving children a little happier. For each qualified tax return filed with a GKTW coupon, customers saved $30 on tax preparations and Jackson Hewitt donated $3 to GKTW. In addition, Florida locations sold paper pin ups in their stores in exchange for donations. Read More

  Angel Spotlight

Taking a Bite out of GKTW’s Fishing Hut After providing millions of thrill-seekers with entertainment for more than 21 years, Universal Orlando Resort closed its much-beloved “Jaws” ride. But that was only the beginning of a new story. Universal shared the adventure with Give Kids The World by donating props to the Village fishing program. Read More

WGO feature

Give Kids The World recently welcomed wish-granting partners from Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, Florida for a day at Give Kids The World Village. The team stepped into a day in the life of a GKTW guest with a peek at the check-in process, orientation overview, villa tour, lunch provided by Katie’s Kitchen and a little kiss from our dear friend, Pluto. Read More

      Family Letter  

Family Letter
It is our family who are grateful for Give Kids The World Village. We learned of this amazing place through our handsome two-year-old grandson, Carson.

After his devastating diagnosis of Leukemia, my daughter and I arrived at the hospital to begin his treatment. When I saw him armed with his Diego backpack filled with his favorite toys I thought my heart would break. Read More

      Gift Shop Attendant  

Volunteer Position: Angel Rangers
The Angel Rangers provide volunteer assistance, and support to the Volunteer Services Team. The Angel Rangers are responsible for monitoring the Hula Hut, Ice Cream Palace, Gallery of Hope, Carousel, Castle of Miracles, Marc’s Dino Putt, Amberville Train Station and JJ's Express. Duties include, covering venues where needed, maintaining safe and fun environments for children and families of the Village.

Already a part of the Angel team? Interested in the perks of being an Angel? Check out our new Volunteer Portal today!


Fanatic Fundraiser: Give Kids The Dark Side
A long time ago in a magical Village far, far away, the Willison family experienced all the joys of Mary’s 2006 wish trip. Their arrival coincided with the 20th Anniversary of GKTW, and the family was excited to be a part of the celebration. Mary and her brother Aidan, who also battles Cystic Fibrosis, enjoyed rides on the Enchanted Carousel, horseback rides at Keaton Korral and family meals in the Gingerbread House Restaurant. 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 will be collecting donations by asking customers to purchase a paper football pin up to hang in the store. In conjunction with pin up sales, Kangaroo Express will be holding the Roo Run on October 12 at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. For more information or to register, please visit

      Disney Marathon  

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  

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, 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.

      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.


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

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Facebook Post of the Month
Ice cream plus spray cream and sprinkles-fabulous! We had an amazing time at GKTW, staying from 18th Aug 2013. Thanks for a lifetime of memories.



Video of the Month
GKTW trains
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Tweet of the Month
Kacey Roberts

This is the best place in the world and I can't wait to go back!!!!


GKTW Merchandise

As children enjoy the first month of school, send them off prepared with our new GKTW Purple Notebook and Pen. This colorful notebook has an elastic loop, so they’ll never have to dig through their backpack to find a pen.

And, help them stay hydrated throughout the day with the GKTW Acrylic Tumbler. The double insulated wall will prevent condensation rings on homework.

  GKTW Beach Tote      

Please consider joining the Henri Landwirth Society
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  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

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