As today, September 5th, is International Charity Day, we wanted to share with you the wonderful honor that we have of being a official partner with Give Kids The World Village. Working with them and being able to help in our small way, to raise awareness and donations to help bring critically ill children and their families to this wondrous and whimsical place, is truly one of the biggest honors I have ever been a part of.
The first time that we arrived at Give Kids The World Village it was overwhelming. The whimsical architecture of the buildings made it truly seem that we had come into a magical place. We met up with the wonderful staff and volunteers and you could see that they not only love what they do but it is a mission.
The mission of Give Kids The World Village is a simple one started with the vision of Henri Landwirth, a hotelier who wanted to make sure that children whose wish it was to visit the theme parks had a place to stay. When he discovered that a child was not able to see that wish come true do to the fact that their was no place to stay, he took action to make a difference in these children’s lives.
The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more.
Their goal, we very quickly realized, is to provide everything these deserving families need to make their trip the vacation of a lifetime. Since 1986, more than 167,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled in a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth.
Our first fundraiser on July 18th with Give Kids the World was an inspiring and heart touching experience. We got to meet children and their families who, by their accounts, would never have been able to come and enjoy a vacation like this, whether it be because of a family’s ability to pay or the fact that they felt they did not have the resources and support to handle the trip. Give Kids The World through their staff, volunteers (who they most amazing people ever) and partners, give these families a dream come true vacation. Our next visit to the Village was just as magical, talking with children, seeing the joy in their eyes and the happiness of their families that, for just a little while, get to forget about doctors, hospitals, medical bills, etc and lose themselves in everything that the Village has to offer them.
Also, running alongside Pam Landwirth, a true tornado in a human’s body, was both accelerating and exhausting, when we accompanied her on the Ride Challenge. Going all day and through the wee hours of the next morning, her goal to ride every ride in Walt Disney World, was truly inspirational, as she is the epitome of the passion and vision that she has for Give Kids The World Village.
Being able to partner with Give Kids the World and also have the Mayne Mafia be huge supporters of this charity makes the “lens of this livestreamer” a little foggy. It is a humbling experience and a true blessing to be involved and be able to make a difference, in a small one, for these children and their families. We are truly grateful for the opportunity and we know that we will be a continued fundraising partner for many years to come.
Would you like to donate to Give Kids The World Village? If so, please go the link for our upcoming fundraiser: https://www.gktw.org/MagicStreamdom.