Orlando was our next pitstop on the Florida tour! I have to say that without Give Kids the World, we most likely would’ve bypassed this popular city. We had no plans of going to any of the Disney parks, so why else would we come here then? I had signed us up to volunteer at this awesome Village in Kissimmee. I would’ve loved to fit in more charity work along our trip, but there just hasn’t been the time in most cases. I was determined to make the time and help out in some way here.
Imagine a child whose illness prevents them from enjoying their childhood, from doing the things so many of us take for granted. Imagine a family that would do anything to ease their child’s pain, to make their child smile, to make their child’s dream come true. Give Kids The World exists solely to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, providing them a memorable, magical cost-free experience that will live in their hearts for years to come.
The grounds here are incredibly Disney-like! You are able to volunteer at Give Kids The World if you are over the age of 12, so this left out our dear daughter, which in turn left out dear husband who needed to look after her. It all worked out, as I got time with just my sons and they got to go out on a Father-Daughter date!
We signed up to work a dinner shift at the Gingerbread House. This is where the families who are staying on the property can come for a buffet style dinner! This was right up our alley as our family serves monthly at St. Vincent de Paul’s family dining room back home in Phoenix.
Serving others is a natural part of who I am and I have missed being able to volunteer during our trip. I love to serve those in need especially with my boys alongside me. The four of us spent the evening carrying trays of food for the guests to their tables and then cleaning up after them.
This tile work is right outside the volunteer break room near the swimming pool. Love this!
I just had to include this cute picture from our Orlando/Kissimmee KOA campground. I am not a Mickey Mouse fan by any means, but the light posts were a cute reminder of where we were and they made me smile!