During the summer of 2008, I spent an amazing summer volunteering at the most magical place on earth--- Give Kids the World.
Throughout my time scooping ice cream, applying temporary tattoos, celebrating Christmas in July, MCing talent shows, driving trains, delivering cookies and pizza and more-- I had the pleasure of meeting many families and wish children fighting battles I couldn't imagine.
One such child, was Princess K. I met Princess K initially as her Fairy Godmother in training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Princess K was a big fan of Tinkerbell and so I told her all kinds of stories--- including about the time that Tinkerbell chased Stitch around the boutique one night because he was trying to eat all of our hair gel during which time she Pixie Dusted our entire floor (hence why it is always glittery). Princess K was like a sponge, soaking in every moment of it. When it came time to turn her around in the chair, Princess K said "Mama, I'm beautiful!" Her mother cried tears of joy in that moment seeing her the absolute joy on her face. Her mother later told me that Princess K had endured more than 12 surgeries on her face to remove small tumors and that being a princess was her biggest dream.
Later, I met Princess K while "hanging out" with the Mayor Clayton's wife, Ms. Merry. It was Ms. Merry's job that night to tuck Princess K in to ensure she had sweet dreams. Ms. Merry taught Princess K how to bunny hop, they danced and played for several moments and shared some special memories as Ms. Merry presented her with a special gift from Tinkerbell herself. When it was time for Princess K to go to bed, Ms. Merry tucked her in and gave her a kiss on the forehead. Princess K whispered to Ms. Merry "I love you all the way to the stars in the sky." Happy tears presented once again on mom's face, this time she gave Ms. Merry a hug and said "I'll never forget you."
The experience of a wish can be life changing for a family-- to see a child who has been through so much pain and discomfort have their dreams come true and experience pure joy-- to see a family smile together and make memories that will last beyond a lifetime. I'll admit, it's also a life changing experience for those fortunate enough to volunteer their time to spend with these families.
Give Kids The World gives these children and their families time away from hospitals, doctors and treatments. For one magical week, the 84-acre, storybook Village becomes a home-away-from-home for wish children visiting Orlando’s world-famous attractions.
Please join me in helping Give Kids the World make more dreams come true for children enduring tough battles. Every dollar helps in providing more 7:30 am ice cream sundaes, more rides on the carousel, more dips in the pool, and many more smiles and memories. Thanks for your support.