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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.
Adaptive bikes allow children of all ranges of illnesses to have the joy and freedom of their very own bike. Zunriah, like many wish children, has had a hard time with the isolation that has come from staying safe during the pandemic. She wished for an adaptive bike so she could explore the neighborhood safely along with her siblings and have the freedom and independence of having her own bike.
When her bike arrived, it was a dream come true. You can tell by the look of excitement on her face!
Wishes for Kids serves children 2-18 in the Central Florida area fighting a life-threatening illness. For more information about our Wish Program, please click the button below or contact Tezmon Williams, Wish Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I cannot say thank you enough for this. When we were at the Give Kids the World Village getting orientated and given all the“stuff” it was hard not to cry. We were blown away with what we received last week. We would never be able to do anything like that again! What a blessing. “
Aidan’s wish was for the Disney Halloween Cruise. He was determines to meet “Jack” from the “Nightmare before Christmas”. His mom described the trip as nothing less than magical. “It was fantastic! Aidan had an amazing time,” his mom wrote. During the cruise, Aidan got the royal treatment from the ship’s crew. He played in the ship’s Youth Activities spaces and spent time enjoying all the amenities on-board. The real magic happened when Aidan had a private meeting with Jack, Mickey Mouse and friends. With autograph book in hand, he got every Disney character’s signature and plenty of hugs. Aidan is very proud that he could give his family such a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Terryana’s wish for a shopping spree at the Florida Mall was a success. Shopping from the minute the doors opened and picking out items like a professional Terryana made the most of her day. What made the day even more special was tjhe fact she was just released from the hospital after 8 days of treatment. Making this wish exactly what the doctor ordered – a fun shopping celebration!
“I want to reach out to you to let you know the impact the sensory bubble tube had on Caden. From the moment the box arrived at the door, Caden was in shock. He helped set it up in his room, and he is now often found just relaxing in front of the tube. Let me share with you the benefits of a sensory tube. The soothing lights, bubbles, visual display as well as the sound and vibration of this unit make it a perfect calming device for Caden. He often gets overwhelmed with certain events, and the bubble tube helps to center and calm him. Caden knows his room now provides an escape if he is overwhelmed. He can turn the unit on and relax, read, or even play in front of it. Thank you for the generous gift and opportunity. What a blessing you have been to our family.”
Juliana was granted her wish of a shopping spree at The Florida Mall. All of the stores were amazing! At American Girl she was greeted with a personal shopper and lunch the American Girl Bistro. At Justice she was greeted by personal shoppers and her own dressing room decked out with posters and balloons. She left the first of many stores with a bundle of balloons and more bags than she could carry. The rest of the day was spent shopping for clothes, jewelry, accessories and anything else a 12-year-old girl could want.
It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. It is more than just the things that Juliana got that will help her though her journey. It is the memories of the warm receptions she was given at each store, all of the employees treating her like a princess, and the pure joy she felt that day that will have a lasting impact.