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Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Special Place....GKTW


I just received my "Give Kids The World" miracles and memories newsletter.  I look forward to receiving this each quarter....

Give Kids the World is a wonderful place.  It is located in Orlando Florida and they have welcomed more than 105,000 children with life threatening diseases and their families to a cost free fantasy vacation...

The founders work with  the  "Make a Wish Foundation" in order to provide a place for children to stay while they watch  their make a wish dream come true....


A couple of years ago, Tucker received his "Make a Wish" trip and the family traveled to Orlando to visit the "Magic Kingdom."  They too were guest of Give Kids the World...

For several weeks prior to the trip, I had been telling Tucker that I was NOT going to let him travel on this trip without ME..
I threatened to pack myself in his suitcase and ride in the luggage dept. of the airplane all the way to Florida...


Little did I know that I would be making this trip to Florida for his "Make a Wish" trip.   Just two days after Tucker and his family arrived at GKTW, he started running fever and had to be hospitalized.  The doctors were very concerned and their diagnosis was not one that we all wanted to hear...

Needless to say, I was on the next flight to Orlando.....I too was able to stay at GKTW and I might say that there was a boundless  amount of generosity given to our family...

Praise the Lord, the diagnosis was incorrect and even thoughTucker's blood counts had dropped to a dangerous low, it was discovered that this was caused by medications...Within a couple of days, Tucker was released from the hospital and he was able to continue with his trip.... He was very weak, but he was a trooper by making the best of this situation....


As you can see in the picture above, Tucker has a pillow with him...The children who stay at GKTW are able to make their very own wish pillow that is filled with HOPE and DREAMS....

The Sewing Angels are those that are responsible for stitching the magical pillow cases.....approximately 24,000 every year.
They have a goal of completing 600 pillow cases each month. 

I know there are a lot of sewing pros out there, and if you are interested in becoming a Sewing Angel for GKTW, please feel free to email    PhilipT@gktw.org



This village is a wonderful place and it is an amazing gift for each of these children. 

They offer a journey of love, that brings hope and inspiration to the children and their families...

Give Kids The World is making a difference!!

Blessings,

shug ~




6 comments:

laurie said...

oh Shug, this brought tears to my eyes,, i wish there didn't have to be so many pillows made.How is Tucker? Is he OK now,, oh my gosh I'm so sorry that he is going through this.This kind of situation always tests my faith i'm afraid to say,, I understand its all in Gods plan but its so hard.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Shug, thank you for passing information along to us about the pillows. It is heartbreaking that there even needs to be one pillow made, but wonderful that this whole network of wonderful people are in place to help when there is that need. I am so thankful that Tucker is doing well today. I am glad you could all be with him through this battle. blessings ~ tanna

Barb said...

Hi Shug!

Many Blessings and prayers for Tucker! What a sweet and brave young man. I am so glad that he is doing well, and that there were no complications. I know those fears way to well!

My granddaughter and her family went to Orlando last May for her "Make-a-Wish". They also stayed at GKTW and loved every minute of it! What an amazing bunch of people - they were treated like royalty!! It never ceases to amaze me that there are such wonderful giving people in the world.

The pillows are such a comfort, when kids need something to cuddle with or just to hang on to for dear life!!

Warm Hugs,
Barb

Ginny said...

My best friend's daughter takes kids on the Make A Wish trips, but I didn't know about this place, do all the kids who get a wish stay here? How wonderful!!

Karin said...

Very, very touching! So wonderful that all these people work together to bring joy and hope and love to those in need! God bless!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

What a wonderful thing to do for the children and their parents.Praise God,Tucker is now looking a picture of health.

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