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Give Kids The World is a 51-acre resort for children with life-threatening illnesses who wish to visit Walt Disney World and other Central Florida attractions.

This castle includes a grandfather clock that snores, a wishing well that burps and a talking suit of armor. There is also the Fe-Fi-Fo-Fun Arcade that provides hours of cost-free fun.

Henri Landwirth, still active today in the Central Florida hotel industry, had offered accommodations to a young girl suffering from leukemia and her family at his establishment. However, he was deeply saddened to learn that time had proved the enemy in the race to finalize a multitude of arrangements for the trip. The girl died without experiencing her wish.

Henri and two staff members began arranging wish vacations out of a converted store room in one of his hotels. He named this fledgling organization after its mission, "Give Kids The World," because that is what he intended to do.

Soon major corporations committed to providing many of the services families would require for their stay, but the number of requests was quickly outgrowing the lodging that the local hotel industry could provide. In addition, the hotels at the time were not equipped to deal with the unique needs of families with ill children.

Henri called upon friends from the early days of his career as a hotel manager in Cocoa Beach and Give Kids The World Village opened its gates to welcome its first families in early 1989. His friends answered his call and his vision soon became a reality.

Today, the Village features 96-villas, a whimsical restaurant, magical play area, an ice cream palace, a movie theatre, an interactive water park, a fishing pond and even a peaceful chapel. Each year, the Village welcomes families from communities in all 50 states and from more than 47 countries.

How You Can Help:

 

Donate on-line!
If you are interested in helping Give Kids The World through your
financial support please
click here!

Or you may also write to:

Give Kids The World at:
210 South Bass Road Kissimmee, Florida  34746
Phone: (407) 396-1114
Fax: (407) 396-1207

Purchase a Paving Stone
To ensure the organization will always be able to meet the needs of children who have life-threatening illnesses, Give Kids The World Foundation has established an endowment fund. You can help the foundation reach its goal by purchasing a paver on the Avenue of Angels, located within the courtyard
of the Village.

For a $200 contribution you can become part of the Avenue of Angels and have a paving stone inscribed with your name or the name of a person you wish to honor.

Send an email to: joanr@gktw.org and you will be sent an order form.

Give Kids the World has a web site at:  www.gktw.com 

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