Mason’s Wish

Mason’s Wish

“It was so nice to spend time together. We had so much fun!!! Thank you for everything! We loved Give Kids The World and the kids ate ice cream everyday. They rode the carousel everyday too, everyone was so sweet!” – Mason’s Mom

Spotlight on our Executive Director, Dave Joswick

We’re shining a much-deserved spotlight on Dave this month as we celebrate his 80th birthday.

Dave’s journey to New Hope for Kids began in 1980 when he joined the board of Hospice of Central Florida. He had been serving for 6 years when his life was changed forever. Dave describes his loss, “On June 21, 1986 my world fell apart when my 16 year old son John died. After grieving John’s death for months it occurred to me that I had to find some good in his death or the pain of grief would continue the rest of my life. So, I started praying to find the good.”

Where Grieving Hearts Heal… One Family’s Story

Rachel Lane responded with a heartfelt “yes” when we asked if we could tell about her experience with New Hope for Kids, and she hopes readers will understand the importance of the work that we do. She said, “I honestly don’t know what my family would look like now if it weren’t for this organization.”

In 2009, Rachel and her husband, Rafi, were 24 years old with 3 kids: an 8-year-old, a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old. It was during this year that Rafi died and she had to learn how to manage being a parent without him. Thankfully, someone suggested she reach out to New Hope for Kids.

As a young widow,

2021 Dr. Alan Saffran Scholarship Recipients

The crowd at this year’s Art of the Vine fundraiser was touched by Pam Saffran’s words as she talked about the scholarship honoring her late husband, Dr. Alan J. Saffran. She shared that the passion Alan had for education was the reason behind the decision she and their children had for creating such a fund. As they were grieving his death, Pam, Miles, Nat and Bella learned about New Hope for Kids’ mission to help grieving children. It felt like the perfect fit as it would offer help for college when the possibility of attending might have seemed impossible after their loss.

This year’s recipients were exceptional, and their applications were impressive. Tamari Miller, New Hope for Kids’ Grief Program Director, proudly introduced this year’s recipients as each received their $2,000 scholarship check. All four had come

A Grateful New BMW Winner!

A common thread links New Hope for Kids and Emily Bienvenu. That thread is the importance of helping people. Emily’s great-uncle Andy Wootten encouraged his family to be grateful for their blessings, and to realize that others, especially children, might need help sometimes. His gratitude-in-action was a living example of how to make a difference in the lives of others, and Emily took it to heart.

Several years ago, Emily found New Hope for Kids and began supporting our mission by

Joel Jones

Joel Jones, one of the founders of New Hope for Kids, died Sunday, September 12, 2021 after a brief illness. His passion for helping children and his awareness of the need for support created a vision of a nonprofit that could help families dealing with some of life’s most difficult challenges. As director of Children’s Wish, and then executive director of New Hope for Kids, Joel was able to put that passion to work, helping countless families as they dealt with terminal illness and grief. Joel will be fondly remembered by many who worked and volunteered with him, as well as by the families he touched with his compassion and dedicated service to his community. Joel’s service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha this Sunday, September 26, 2021. Visitation at 11am, service at noon, followed by reception.

Elizabeth’s Theme Park Wish

The Give Kids the World Village is open and ready to help make wishes come true!

Elizabeth and her family were one of the first families back at the village. Spring break week at Give Kids the World Village was full of many such firsts for the family since the pandemic: the first time staying at a resort, the first time going out to dinner and sitting down to order off a menu, the first time at the theme parks. Every day ended with an explosion of fireworks—actual ones—thundering and crackling in the night sky.

Elizabeth loved it all: the pool, the popcorn, the medieval times party where she was given a crown. The first thing the family did was go to their villa. The kids’ room was so big, and there was a huge bathroom with little soaps that smelled like strawberries and ice cream. The family also visited the Castle of Miracles where Elizabeth got her star to add to the wall like all the wish children who came before her. The week at the village gave Elizabeth and her siblings a chance to play and relax in a safe environment.

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