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Give Kids The World August 1, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Happiness, People.
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Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre non-profit “storybook” resort and vacation village in Kissimmee Florida where children with life threatening illnesses and their families can enjoy a week’s vacation ~ all expenses paid:

The village is the passionate vision of Henri Landwirth, a holocaust survivor turned hotelier in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.                   ~Father Flanagan

To learn more about Give Kids The World ~> visit www.gktw.com.

To learn more about Landwirth’s remarkable life ~> read Gift of Life.

Henri’s autobiography, with a Forward by Walter Cronkite and an Afterward by Astronaut and Senator John Glenn, was co-authored in 1996 by BFF’s cousin, J.P. Hendricks (“John”).

Revenues from the sale of Gift of Life go to Give Kids The World Foundation to help ensure that children and families who need help will always be served.

To find your way in this world, listen to your heart. ~ P.J.  Hendricks (1972) (“Pat”)

Aah . . . that’s better! 

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1. Rainee - August 1, 2014

Sounds like a very worthy cause. Are you related to Ruth (Hendricks)?

nrhatch - August 1, 2014

Don’t believe so, Rainee ~ not through John and Pat, anyway. John’s sisters: Patsy and Ellen. No Ruths in the next generation either.

2. kateshrewsday - August 1, 2014

We have but one life: great that this organisation means children to whom it is to precious get to spend it gloriously.

nrhatch - August 1, 2014

Henri got the idea when a child waiting for a trip to Disney World died before all the arrangements could be made.

Now, wish granting organizations around the globe can make one quick phone call and all the arrangements are complete ~ place to stay, food, and ground transportation. The Wish organization just arranges for the Family to get from where they are to where they want to be.

3. Tammy - August 1, 2014

Great idea. We have camp soaring Eagle where we live – similar concept.

nrhatch - August 1, 2014

The number of children (from all around the world) who want to meet Mickey before they die is astounding. This Village facilitates making thousands of those wishes come true.

If I lived closer, I think it would be a great place to volunteer.

4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - August 1, 2014

My dad got to go to a camp for handicapped kids that the Shriners put on, his family wouldn’t have been able to afford to send him anywhere – but this was all expenses paid – and as such, I always make sure they get a donation from me each and every year! It made a lasting impression on him and he felt so blessed to be able to attend camp that year!

nrhatch - August 1, 2014

Having a chance to get away from doctors, hospitals, and medical issues is so restorative. For some, it gives them the hope they need to regain their health.

Glad that your dad had such a good experience.

5. Grannymar - August 1, 2014

A wonderful idea, long may it bring happiness to children.

nrhatch - August 1, 2014

There are lots of Happy Faces all around the grounds. BFF’s cousin (now deceased) enjoyed writing this book with Henri.

6. Pix Under the Oaks - August 1, 2014

A fabulous cause!

nrhatch - August 1, 2014

Henri’s life took many twists and turns ~ he lost both of his parents in the Death Camps, but found his twin sister after the war.

bluebee - August 2, 2014

How amazing that must have been – for the twins to find each other.

nrhatch - August 2, 2014

He heard whistle in a crowd and found her ~ what a gift!

7. Jill Weatherholt - August 1, 2014

What a great place and a fantastic quote!

nrhatch - August 1, 2014

After reading the book, it was fun to look around the village on line and see all Henri manifested with his vision.

8. sufilight - August 1, 2014

Creating a fun and bright space lifts up the mind and heart. I will donate to this cause as children who need help always touch my heart.

nrhatch - August 2, 2014

What I like is that they didn’t replicate work already being done by creating another (competing) charity to response to the wishes of terminally ill children.

Instead, it partners with Wish agencies to manifest dreams.


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