Celebrating World Wish Day 2024

Celebrating World Wish Day 2024

We did everything we could do!

We had a blast at all the Disney theme parks but of course David’s favorite was Hollywood Studios because of Star Wars Land. The fun didn’t stop there we were able to go to Seaworld, Universal, Busch Gardens and Madame Tussaud’s. We had dinner at Kobe, Medieval Times, Shark Underwater Dining, and topped it off we got massages at the FL Mall! We had so much fun. The Give Kids the World village is amazing and ice cream for breakfast is great.

Honestly the wish was amazing. Thank you so much!
Joanne (David’s Mom)

CommUNITY Champion: Central Florida charity works to heal hearts of grieving children

Helping children cope with the loss of a loved one is the mission of a Central Florida charity.

“When you’re going through this, it’s like a bad dream,” Sara Kyle said, reflecting on the time when her husband Paul died after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Sara and her young daughters — one just 2 months old — felt a great loss. During her pregnancy and Paul’s treatments, the uncertainties were enormous, but a family photo with their new baby was a bright spot.

Finding a path through grief isn’t a journey Sara and her daughters had to take alone when they found New Hope for Kids. This special place in Maitland helps kids like Sara’s girls deal with the loss of a loved one. It’s a place where music, art, and playtime aren’t just fun— they’re therapies that help children process their feelings

Sara’s younger daughter, Grace, slowly overcame her shyness by being around peers who knew her pain. Her oldest daughter, Sara Michelle, found a community where she connected.

“At New Hope for Kids, for once, I’m finally understood and able to just play,” Sara Michelle said.

About 400 local families each year find crucial support thanks to dedicated volunteers and generous community donations. Even after 10 years, the Kyle family is still connected to the non-profit. Sara Michelle benefits from a scholarship, and both sisters look forward to volunteering in the future.

Dave Joswick, the visionary behind New Hope for Kids, believes in the mission wholeheartedly.

“We’re doing God’s work,” he says with conviction. As he steps back from the day-to-day, his pride in the legacy they’ve built shines through — a legacy of purpose in helping.

Sara Kyle can’t imagine life without the support her family received.

“New Hope for Kids became our family,” she says gratefully.


Article originally posted on WESH 2 at wesh.com. New Hope for Kids is a WESH 2 CommUNITY Champion for an ongoing dedication to healing the hearts of grieving children in Central Florida.

New Hope for Kids Press Release: Welcomes Brian Clark as New President and CEO

New Hope for Kids Welcomes Brian Clark as New President and CEO

[MAITLAND, FLORIDA – JANUARY 16, 2024] — New Hope for Kids is thrilled to announce the appointment of Brian Clark as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. With an extensive background in nonprofit leadership and a passion for making a positive impact on children’s lives, Brian brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his new role.

Having worked over 25 years in banking and financial services, while also serving in various leadership positions in the nonprofit sector, Brian has consistently demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the community. His strategic vision and innovative approach align perfectly with the mission of New Hope for Kids, which aims to provide support, hope, and healing to children and families.

“We are delighted to welcome Brian Clark as the new President and CEO of New Hope for Kids. His proven track record of effective leadership and his genuine passion for helping others make him the ideal candidate to guide our organization into the future,” said Board Chair Christopher Tribbey.

In his role, Brian will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations, leading strategic initiatives, and fostering partnerships to enhance the impact of New Hope for Kids in the community. His leadership will play a crucial role in advancing the organization’s mission and ensuring that it continues to be a beacon of hope for those in need.

“I am honored and excited to join New Hope for Kids as its new President and CEO. This organization has a rich history of making a real difference in the lives of children and families, and I look forward to building upon that legacy,” said Brian Clark. “Together with the dedicated team at New Hope for Kids, we will work tirelessly to bring hope, joy, and support to those facing challenging circumstances.”

New Hope for Kids extends its deepest gratitude to Dave Joswick, founding Board member and Executive Director of New Hope for Kids, for his 27 years of dedicated service. Under Joswick’s leadership, New Hope for Kids has become one of the preeminent grief services providers in the country.


About New Hope for Kids: New Hope for Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families navigate some of life’s most difficult challenges, including terminal illness and death of a loved one, through two missions – the ‘Center for Grieving Children’ and ‘Wishes for Kids’. Each year, approximately 400 children and their families participate in the free healing activities and support found at the Center for Grieving Children and the Wishes for Kids program grants as many as 24 wishes per year to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Connor’s Give Kids The World Wish

Connor’s Give Kids The World Wish

“Oh my stars! Give Kids the World was absolutely magical! It’s hard to put into words how amazing it was! I cannot thank New Hope for Kids and GKTW enough. We’re so incredibly thankful for the opportunity. I’m still speechless that his wish was granted.”
We are forever grateful to you and the organization!
Jennifer (Connor’s Mom)

Connor's wish

Connor's wish

Olivia’s theme park wish

Olivia’s theme park and Give Kids the World wish has been granted!

Did you know each year, 30,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with a critical illness – and half of those eligible for a wish choose to visit Central Florida. We are so lucky to have that experience for our wish kids in our own backyard.

Olivia’s mother, Brooke, had this to say about her wish: “Our trip was amazing! Thank you so much for it. Olivia was the star of the show and got to meet some of her favorites. Honestly it was the best time we’ve had and made sure everything was about her. We made so many memories that will carry us forever! ”

Olivia's theme park wish

Alexis’ Wish

While we are not able to cure Alexis’ life-threatening illness, we did our best to give her a beach experience that brightened her life and gave her hope. 
We are only able to grant wishes with the help of donors like you. Thank you for your support and for giving children like Alexis hope.