Most of you are familure with Make-A-Wish and similar wish granting organizations. Many of us even know of a wish child.
But I want to take a moment to share a little about one of the real hidden gems that really makes the magic happen for our wish families.
Give Kids the World Village is a private resort hidden away in Kississimee. It contains over 100 duplex villas, resturant, movie hall, a chapel, pool, lake and everything else you would expect from a Orlando area resort.
But it’s different. ALL of the guest here are kids with life theatening problems. It was started by a hotel owner who was so up set about not being able to find a place for a wish family to stay one time that he build a place just for them. It’s all themed. We had one little girl that didn’t want to leave the village. They FINALLY convinced here that there was MORE to see!
I have had the pleasure of visiting there several times. Each time I cannot believe the dedication of the staff and volunteers - hundreds of volunteers - that make it all happen.
Wish families are meet at the airport by a volunteer greeter, transported to the village by Meeks, get everything including park tickets and meals onsite. At no cost to them. Disney sends characters there weekly.
This takes a combined effort of corporate and individual sponsors. Please take a minute and visit their website and consider a donation.
Attached is a family letter that really hit home to me. It reminds me so much of one of our favorate wish kids.
Merry Christmas & Safe and Happy Holidays!