Give Kids The World

Rating: 5 stars   168 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health

Location: 210 S Bass Rd Kissimmee FL 34746 USA

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. 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My daughter was a "Wish Kid" in 1999, when she was 6 years old. Our family of nine (9 !) had a magical experience which was quite literally "life changing". Through the years, we support GKTW events when we can, and were HONORED to volunteer last summer.

To see our sick little girl, now a 21 year old college student, sharing the magic and joy she felt herself as a child, with other families was beyond "awe inspiring".

We hope to be able to travel back to FL (we live in PA) soon and volunteer again.

EVERY family we spoke to while volunteering was happy, hopeful, and joyful. When they learned my daughter was "an alum", they often broke down crying. It is SO HARD to live with the reality that your child may not become an adult. Seeing our Christine working as a volunteer and sharing her love for GKTW still... after so many years and so much "medicine", gave many of them hope for the future of their own families.

We are so, SO, grateful to GKTW for the opportunity to share our time, treasure, talent, and wisdom. xoxo

This is a magical, spiritual, place.

Keep On Dancing*

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this place! I would live here if they let me! I have been with a church group 2 times already and we leave for our third trip on October 2nd. I have also been twice with just my husband.

I cannot even tell you what a wonderful place this is to volunteer at, words just do not suffice. We live in Maryland and recently bought a vacation home in Florida, so several days of volunteering is a must before or after each trip down. You will not be sorry you took the time to volunteer here.

Everytime here has been a life changing experience for me.

 
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I volunteered at GKTW for the first but not the last time last year, what a wonderful experience, so much so that I'm returning in a few weeks for another three weeks. I am English and live in the UK but am more than happy to pay my flights, hire a car and rent a villa to volunteer at this wonderful place. The whole experience was amazing, the families were all so lovely and the happiness that is shared by everyone is unbelievable. I had such fun volunteering at the Village and made lots of new friends, other volunteers and guest families too. If anyone is wondering about volunteering at GKTW, my advice is just do it, you will gain so much.

 
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I so wish I lived in or near Orlando so I could volunteer at GKTW all the time! Last year I turned 50, my husband asked what I wanted for my BIG birthday. The only thing I could think of was to go to GKTW to volunteer. So that's what we did. Our experience was awesome! This place truly is the most Magical Place! We went back to volunteer in January & will be there again in November! You can volunteer while visiting the area, just get your paperwork done ahead of time! Grateful for our experience & can't wait to get back there. It's an experience I have shared over & over again. The volunteers or Angels as we are called there, are warm. & welcoming. Thank you GKTW for all that you do!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

After visiting GKTW with my son as a wish child, I can't thank them enough for making our trip so amazing. It was so much more than a holiday. From the meet and greet at the airport where we were told to 'pick a car, which colour would you like' to breakfast with helpers to carry your tray, every moment here makes you feel special. We were thrilled to be able to return a few years later and volunteer ourselves. It is an amazing experience that will truly humble you and there is nowhere like it. I can't recommend it enough.

 
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As a student studying child life I have had opportunities to volunteer in many different enviornments, but my favorite volunteer sight is Give Kids the World! They are so appreciative of there volunteers and truly care for every single child and family member who enters the village. I was touched by the magic that the village provides for every family by going above and beyond to make this the perfect, stress free experience. I am always looking for excuses to return to the Orlando area so I can experience the magic of volunteering at Give Kids the World again.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was lucky enough to be able to go down to Give Kids the World for a week and volunteer. As soon as I got there I knew this place was an amazing place. I was able to meet some of the families that were there on there wish trip and with talking to all of them there was one thing that they all were saying, This was a place for their child not to have to worry about being sick or having to worry about going to the doctor, for that week they just got to be kids. For a lot of these families a trip like this would be out of the question because there are so many medical bills. I am so fortunate to have gotten to go down to this magical place, and I cant wait until my next trip down there to volunteer again!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I didn't want to go on the trip with my college, Pfeiffer, and tried to get out of it. I went anyways and my life was changed. I was humbled and fell in love with GKTW and all the children. I have found my dream job and now want to come back here for the rest of my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing at all.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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