Give Kids The World
Rating: 5 stars 168 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Health
Location: 210 S Bass Rd Kissimmee FL 34746 USA
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.
Please see our consolidated group return under EIN#: 91-2145286
Results: Since 1986, Give Kids The World has provided the happiness that inspires hope for more than 134,000 children from all 50 states and more than 70 countries around the world.
Target demographics: children with life-threatening illnesses and their families
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,474 families
Geographic areas served: countries around the world
Programs: dream vacations, allowing the children and their families 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.
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GKTW is AMAZING!! We went in May 2013 & absolutely LOVED it. We went to Disney World during the day & went to GKTW early enough to enjoy all the activities they had every night of the week!!! It is amazing for children with life threatening diseases because it gives them their dreams come true!!! We didn't want to leave!!! Our children still talk about it to this day. It is an experience they won't ever forget!!
GKTW....the most beautiful place in the world to children with life threatening ilnesses and their families. Oyr entire family went in Oct. 2012, and Lige will never, ever forget that wonderful, magical place oe the Angels that work there. What beautiful hearts these people have, we are so thankful that we were able to experience the love that they have for these children.
Smiles. It's about the joyful smiles. I don't know the story that each Wish Kid could tell, if asked. What I do know is that when I give a little encouragement, a smile, a friendly voice, what I get back is...priceless ! For some Wish Kids, it's harder to open up, but once they do - it's all worth it. For a short time, kids get to be kids; parents and siblings get to relax; they're allowed to forget some of their normal worries, and have some fun. It seems we don't get over to the Give Kids The World Village to volunteer often enough, but when we do, I feel lucky to have helped spread smiles. Whether it's Ice Cream for Breakfast or a few rides on the carousel, the GKTW Village is a place, and a team, that wants to make a difference for every Wish Kid and their family. I wish I had learned of the Give Kids The World Village sooner.
where to begin...our family visited GKTW in 2002. from the moment we stepped off of the plane, til the moment we pulled away from the GKTW village, crying, it was perfectly amazing!! absolutely everyone we encountered was delightful, helpful, encouraging, and just plain fun. yes, we were treated like royalty, just like all of the families and made to feel so special. from ice cream in the morning, snowing at christmas and seeing santa, the merry-go-round, the special star and pillow, the restaurant, the theater...it was just stunning! so much fun and relaxation! our daughter, now 23, still speaks of mayor clayton coming to wish her a good night and tuck her into bed with a tickle fest!! we get to see one of her rare smiles and hear her laughter at that memory. i would volunteer at GKTW in a heartbeat, if only we lived closer. it is a magical place that helps families focus on the now and the positive for a little while and gives them glorious memories to hold on to when they return home. henri landwirth, the creator of GKTW, is an angel sent from above for our children. thank you does not begin to measure how we feel, but it is heartfelt!!
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There are no words and not enough space to describe how GREAT Give Kids The World is. Here are a few, PERFECT, EXCEPTIONAL, LIFE CHANGING, EXCELLENT, MAGICAL just to name a few. Give Kids The World truly gives kids the world. An opportunity of a life time for a special needs child to be a different kind of special. Although there are many other families there at the same time you are, you feel like you are the only ones, like royalty! EVERYONE goes out of their way to make families comfortable, feel welcome and for a time, not to worry about a thing. It's so much more then a trip for a child. It really is a miracle in my opinion.
I volunteered with GKTW back in 94-95 when I was an undergrad working on the WDW co-op program. It's still to this day the most gratifying and memorable volunteer work I've had the privilege to be a part of. The Village and staff were wonderful, and seeing first hand what GKTW did for the guests who came - not just the kids who were ill but their siblings and parents - hard to measure that kind of magic. Keep on truckin' and God Bless GKTW
We were blessed with a trip to GKTW when my daughter received her wish trip to go to Disneyworld. GKTW is a magical place filled with amazing memories
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Our family of 5 plus grammie and grandad were blessed to stay here for my son's Wish trip to Disney. How can I say it...this place is amazing. I almost have no words to describe how overwhelmed (in a good way)we felt during our time here. We were made to feel like we were royalty as soon as we arrived until we left 7 days later.
"Icecream for Breakfast" was one of the things my kids LOVED, as well as the food carts that drove around outside by the cottages where they could choose a cookie or muffin or bagel... all the food was wonderful.
Around every corner there was something new and exciting to find or explore.
Every night there were gifts left on the beds to discover and play with.
The staff and volunteers went out of their way to make our trip a beautiful experience none of us would ever forget. And we never will.
Thank you GKTW!
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My daughter Alexandria was a "wish kid", we stayed at the magical give kids the world, while she was on her wish to have a wonderful family vacation. Boy was it wonderful. someone met us at the airport with a sign that said her name, they helped us with navigating the airport, to car rental agency and then had us follow them to GKTW village. The village was clean, full of different daily activites for the kids and famlies, they had free video cam usage, and even took the tapes and transfered them to dvd for us. Alex is now in college, president of wish makers on campus, and has gone through the back ground check a few years ago so she could volunteer when she goes on spring break. just a way to give back she said. the wonderful thing about gktw village is even tho your going through something so horrible, while you are there you will forget about doctors and hospitals, pokes, and blood draws. your family will experiance wonderful love, understanding, help to have wonderful memeories. hugs to all the village volenteers.
Hi my daughter tanesha was a wish child in may and spent 7 days at gktw its the most magical place on earth she loved riding the lion on the carrousel everyday and ice cream for breakfast she met lots of characters including her favourite woody n buzz I can never thankyou enough for giving her this opportunity and we hope to see you in the future when we come bck to see her star and would love to volunteer there x