Charity of the week
Give Kids the World Village (www.gktw.org) gives critically ill children and their families a dream vacation getaway at its 84-acre whimsical storybook resort near Orlando. Families stay for a week at the resort for free, with all meals, transportation, and activities covered. The package includes visits with complimentary tickets to the famous theme parks nearby, including Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando. When families aren’t venturing out, they can enjoy the Village’s themed parties and various organized events, such as horseback rides, laser tag, and the weekly “Village Idol” talent show. Since its 1986 inception, the Village has welcomed 160,000 families from the United States and around the world.
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