It was an honor and privilege to get to see a place I have only heard about. I was invited to a blogger event not only to help raise awareness of the importance of a place like Give Kids the World but, to help spread the word about their mission.
I only recently had gotten to tour it and see first hand how GKTW helps kids and their families cope with their illnesses but, I also learned it's a place of hopes and dreams too.
I was so happy to learn about their mission and I will share some of the awesome stuff they do. I also took a bunch of pictures that I hope will give you sense after seeing them, this is a place of fun and happiness and not a place to be sad. The buildings are colorful and provide so much from activities, carnival rides, mushroom shaped carousel to an amazing ice cream shop.
What I also learned is they rely heavily of course on volunteers to save money and that's one thing I want to do with my family. Because money saved on using volunteers goes to help the kids/families more. I also loved that there is nothing to buy at GKTW, which is awesome, everything when they come is taken care of. One more amazing thing is that the kids can go to all of the Central Florida attractions they choose. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Sea World, Kennedy Space Center and Legoland all donate the tickets to the kids and their families. This is one special place, and I hope you will check out their website and learn more, even donate if you can.
One really special place I want to tell you about is called The Castle of Miracles. Inside this castle it looks like a fairytale, there are chairs for a king and queen to sit in, beautiful painted walls and stars all over the ceiling. Now it's the STARS I really want to focus on, there are thousands of them in this castle and all have names on them. They represent a child who has been to Give Kids the World and it was amazing to see all of them. I loved this building because, it had a room that had a cave, it had a place to play/game-room but, most of all it made you feel like you were in an enchanted castle.
And Here's a little about their mission:
- Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.
- Over 138,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. No child in need has ever been turned away – and no child ever will. Give Kids The World is a place where families find joy, laughter, serenity, and a lifetime of memories. Through the tireless support of our volunteers, employees and generous partners, we dedicate each and every day to these special families.
- Give Kids the World Village is a 70-acre resort complete with 144 Villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs.
- With the generosity of many individuals and corporations - Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 138,000 families from all 50 states and 75 countries.
|A pic of one of the Villas - so cute|
|The Fountain in the Village|
See Kevin Bacon Get Crushed!
Seven-year-old Ethan challenged Kevin Bacon to see who could eat the most ice cream in six seconds, with the loser donating six dollars to Give Kids The World Village. Why six dollars, and why six seconds? Because everyone in the world is connected to a child with a life-threatening illness by six degrees or less.
To find out more and to also donate go
I want to Thank Give Kids the World for having me and also a big thanks to Kelly Green (@seaworldmommy) and Shelley Caran (@onthegoinmco) for putting together GKTW Blogger Bash 2015, it was so much fun.