Give Kids the World Village has announced this afternoon that they will be reopening to Wish families on January 17th, 2021.
The long-awaited announcement comes at the end of 10 months of closure, during which strict safety measures have been implemented. Those safety measures will continue to be in place as families return to the Village. Dr. Kenneth A. Alexander, pediatric infectious disease clinician and researcher, has this to say regarding the Village's efforts:
Experts consulting with Give Kids The World have given clear guidance on the scale and staging of reopening, masking, social distancing, handwashing, food service, facilities cleaning, crowd management and transportation, and Give Kids The World has implemented all of these recommendations. Reviewing the reopening preparations at Give Kids The World, we are confident that medically complex children and their families can safely visit the Village.
We're so thankful for all who have donated so selflessly during the Village's closure, either through the annual DIS Marathon, the Power of 10 fundraising campaign, or by attending Night of a Million Lights during this holiday season.
Pamela Landwirth, President and CEO of Give Kids the World Village, has this to say of the Village's upcoming reopening:
We are thrilled to be getting back to our mission of spreading joy and creating the happiness that inspires hope for critically ill children and their families through magical stays in our storybook Village.
As the team at the Village continues to prepare to receive the Wish families, some of whom are among the 6,000 families who had to delay their trips due to the pandemic, the need for funding still exists. If you'd like to learn more about the Village's mission, how to volunteer when they reopen or how to donate to help them prepare for their return to service, click here.
We at The DIS are incredibly excited for this new chapter for the team at Give Kids the World, and we can't wait to continue to support them as they impact the lives of countless critically ill children and their families.