Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Public Service Announcement. No, Really!

(click on the picture to go to the web site. Opens in a new window.)

Give Kids the World (GKTW) is a very cute-looking village resort in central Florida catering to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. It partners with organizations such as Make-A-Wish to provide children and their families with free room, board and parks admission to all the Orlando area parks (including such unmentionables as Universal Studios, says the evil Disneyholic). Families come for a weeks' free stay, and hopefully catch a much-needed break from sickness and worries.
There are several ways in which you can help:
  1. Obviously -- donations. Running the village is not cheap, especially since it caters to families with special medical needs. According to their web site, in 2007 93 cents of each dollar spent by GKTW went directly to help the families staying in the village. That's pretty darn impressive for any charity!
  2. Volunteer!! The village has 1,200+ volunteer shifts a week, about 3 hours each. If you are going on vacation to Central Florida, consider putting some time in at GKTW. You can do it as a group if you're all 12 and over. Information and application forms are on the web site. Background checks are required for those over 18.
  3. Make GKTW your fundraising charity of choice. If you're looking for a good cause for a fundraising event, please consider GKTW.

Thanks to DISUnplugged for reminding me of this great place!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Resort Trivia -- Official Name

When Walt Disney planned the East coast resort, it was to be named Disney World. Sadly, he never lived to see it open (he died of lung cancer in 1966). In his honor, his brother Roy changed the property's name to Walt Disney World when it opened in 1971.

About Me

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When not planning my next Walt Disney World vacation, I write about medicine and science for various publications. I'm a bookworm and have recently fallen in love with knitting. I am owned by 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a 12 year old son who loves Disney as much as I do.