I know a lot of you have the forum or recent topics bookmarked, and never visit the home page. For that reason, I wanted to bring to your attention the promotion of Give Kids The World here on CoasterBuzz.
Instead of repeating here why I think it's such a great charity, and one that aligns well with our community, I'll invite you to read this page.
I hope you'll consider donating.
I would agree with Jeff. They are an amazing charity and I had the chance to work with them during a fundraiser at Kennywood a few years back. Basically we got to ride the coasters all day and raised quite a bit of money for them! It was a blast!
I can speak from personal experience that Give Kids the World is one fantastic place! We had the pleasure of staying there in October of 2007. My daughter received a trip to Disney World from the Pittsburgh Make-A-Wish Foundation.
From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. Our whole family felt so special, especially my daughter. The staff and volunteers made her feel truly special while we visited the Orlando attractions.
So, if you are able, please make a donation to Give Kids the World. If you're in the Orlando area, stop by and check the place out- you will be amazed.
Thanks for sharing the story! I hear countless others like it, which is one of the reasons it seems to easy to get behind them.
You couldn't have picked a better non-profit to partner with, Jeff.
Following their stay at the Village, the families are given a passport which allows them to visit many other amusement parks free-of-charge. Over the last several years I've arranged visits for countless GKTW families at parks that I've worked for. As Jeff said, these families are most-deserving of having time concentrated on fun and making memories instead of illness and pain. It's a time for them to enjoy childhood like every other child, away from hospital beds and doctors' offices.
I also have been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the most popular wish continues to be to go to Disney World. GKTW Village accommodates as many of these families on their wish trips as possible, but from what I know there's still not enough villas to accommodate everyone. If we can pitch in, more and more families will get to enjoy the fun Orlando has to offer-- something we all can relate to.
It's also worth reiterating that these visits to the GKTW Village aren't just about making a wish come true or sending a well-deserving family on a dream vacation...it's so much more. An experience like this inspires hope in these families in a way that can make a sick child smile even on the worst of days :).
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