Magical moments occur every day of the week at the Village; however, they don’t happen without a lot of work from behind the scenes. Serving approximately 7,000 families a year also requires significant resources. To provide the funds the Village needs, we are embarking on a campaign to raise $100 million. While $75 million is allocated to providing the family experience over the next five years, $25 million will be invested in capital improvements and growth. This money will allow us to renovate the Gingerbread House Restaurant, refurbish and upgrade all of our villas as well as all of the major Village attractions. We will also acquire land that will secure the future of the Village. In addition, the Village will be physically transformed with the addition of a new Town Hall and 40 new villas.
In its founding year, Give Kids The World served 329 families—that number quickly grew to 1,855 families when the Village made its debut in 1989. Today, Give Kids The World welcomes over 7,000 families annually. While the Village has grown substantially over the years, its current footprint is in need of expansion. When given the opportunity to have a wish granted, more than half of children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness will choose a Central Florida wish, including a weeklong stay at Give Kids The World Village. With such high demand, the Village is at capacity many months out of the year. We want to ensure every child who wants to come here can do so. With your help, we will make certain that no child will ever be turned away.