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NIGHT OF A MILLION LIGHTS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

You can continue to support Give Kids the World Village and savor holiday magic November 13th, 2020 - January 3rd, 2021 at the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular!

For this special holiday event, the villas and buildings along the Village's avenue will be covered in over one million lights, and guests will have the opportunity to walk down the avenue and be surrounded in the magic. The event will also feature a 150-foot lighted tunnel that those in attendance can stroll through.

Included in the event, guests will have the opportunity to ride the Village's wheelchair-accessible attractions, play miniature golf, and enjoy a scoop of ice cream at the brand-new Henri's Starlite Scoops. And what would an evening in a winter wonderland be without a cup of hot cocoa? Santa Claus, and Village ambassadors, Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry, will also greet those in attendance in a physically distanced way.

Dreams Unlimited Travel – the official sponsor of the DIS – is proud to be the presenting partner for the 53-night event that begins November 13th, 2020 and ends on January 3rd, 2021. Tickets for the Night of a Million Lights Spectacular are $25 for adults and $15 for ages 3-17, and will be available beginning October 1st, 2020 on the Give Kids the World website: gktw.org.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than by shining some light on the wonderful work Give Kids The World does to bring happiness and hope to critically ill children and their families through this event.” -Dreams Unlimited Travel CEO Pete Werner.

Both Dreams Unlimited Travel and Moving to Orlando will be decorating villas, and event guests will have the chance to vote for their favorite!

Scheduled to take place March 25-27 at Walt Disney World, the DIS Family Reunion 2021 is a one-of-a-kind expo celebrating all facets of the wonderful world of Disney – from film, television, theme parks, music and memorabilia.

On March 27, join us at an exclusive private party at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

All proceeds for this event benefit Give Kids The World Village.

Join the discussion over on the DISboards to see who's planning on attending and to stay in-the-know about all the exciting things we've got planned!



Give Kids the World Overview
Here at the DIS, we are passionate about raising money for Give Kids the World Village in Central Florida; keep reading for some of the reasons why.

Children between the ages of 3 and 18 who wish to visit Central Florida’s world-famous attractions may be eligible for a trip to Give Kids The World Village after they are diagnosed with a critical illness.

Eligible children are paired with one of over 250 partnering wish-granting organizations (WGOs) from around the world. WGOs then refer the Wish Child and their family to GKTW Village. Since its founding in 1986, GKTW has hosted Wish Children from all 50 states and over 75 countries.

As part of a family’s weeklong dream vacation, Give Kids The World provides:

  • Accommodations on-site in one of the Village’s fully-accessible villas
  • Donated tickets to all three major theme-park resorts (SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World)
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in our dining area, Café Clayton; and ice cream available all day in The Ice Cream Palace
  • Many other fun surprises!
  • Everything is completely free of cost to the family.

    The family’s local wish-granting organization provides the family’s airfare, car rental, spending money and any other special needs the child may require such as translators, extra medical considerations, etc.



    Give Kids the World Story

    The story of Give Kids The World begins with a little girl, her wish, and the desire of one man to make that wish come true.

    The little girl’s name was Amy. Amy had leukemia and one wish - to visit the theme parks in Orlando. To facilitate Amy’s wish, the request of a complimentary stay was made to a respected hotelier. As he had done many times before, the hotelier gladly obliged and Amy’s wish was that much closer to being realized. Sadly, Amy’s other travel plans took too long to arrange and her wish was never granted; Amy passed away. Time simply ran out.

    Amy’s story inspired the hotelier, Henri Landwirth, to vow that no child in need would ever be failed again. And so, Give Kids The World was born.

    Give Kids the World Village Facts
    • Since 1986, GKTW has served over 160,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries.
    • With the help of many generous individuals and corporations, including Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando Resort®, SeaWorld Orlando®, Hasbro®, Perkins®, Boston MarketTM and many more, GKTW is able to serve nearly 8,000 families each year.
    • Each and every day, dedicated volunteers share their time and talents with the Village. More than 1,800 volunteer shifts are filled each week to help wish families experience their memorable vacation.
    • GKTW maintains an administrative rate of just 8.1% – well below the national nonprofit average. GKTW has consistently earned Charity Navigator’s four star rating and was named the most fiscally responsible charity by Worth Magazine and mainstreet.com.
    Give Kids the World Village – How You Can Help!
    GIVE!

    Give Kids the World depends on the generousity of individuals and companies. Consider donating to this amazing organization and remember that no dollar amount is too small. To make donating a breeze, we have set up a fast and easy way for you to make a donation when you text Dreams20 to 44321. You will receive a link that takes you to a donation page and from there, you can donate any dollar amount that you'd like to.

    VOLUNTEER!

    There are almost 1,300 volunteers, Angels in GKTW terminology, needed at the Village every week, year round. The Village not only welcomes locals, but also those who want to serve as a visiting-volunteer, spend time at the Village, and help out for whatever amount of time they can spare. Take a look at the Volunteer Opportunities document to see what types of positions are available.

    GKTW only asks a few things in order to help coordinate shifts for visiting-volunteers. First, you need some flexibility with your dates when arranging your visit to GKTW. Contact them ahead of time in order to organize your visit, and make sure you confirm your dates with Volunteer Services at GKTW before making any flight or travel arrangements. Each member of your group or family will need to complete a volunteer application online.

    SILENT AUCTIONS!


    Watch or listen to the DIS Unplugged for announcements on the silent auctions we hold to benefit Give Kids the World! Our readers and listeners donate fantastic items – some Disney and some not – that you won't want to miss!













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