IRES MLS: Making Lasting Smiles
IRES MLS, a member of the Council of Multiple Listing Services, is proudly accepting a challenge to support the Give Kids the World Village. This challenge, proposed by MFRMLS, the 2018 CMLS Conference host MLS, supports GKTW, a wish-fulfilling, fanciful, carefree retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
While discussing this challenge among the IRES staffers, we were delighted to find out we have a personal connection with the organization!
IRES Resource Specialist Tiffany Thatcher shares her personal experience with the charity:
"Give Kids the World Village is an amazing nonprofit resort, where kids with critical illness and their families can go to forget about their worries. The Village provides families with a fully furnished villa, transportation, meals, and so much more, all at no cost to the family.
I volunteered at Give Kids the World for about 3 years. As a volunteer, I cleaned, put on plays and talent shows for the kids, and served ice cream. Serving ice cream at the Ice Cream Palace was my favorite. Here, kids can get ice cream any time of the day. I had a little girl go in during the morning hours with her family and they were so excited to have ice cream for breakfast. I could tell that for a brief moment all their cares were gone. Her mother thanked all of the volunteers for their time and said, "This is the first time in a LONG time that her family has felt normal and were able to rest." My time at Give Kids the World not only opened my eyes but opened my heart to how much the little things matter.
Give Kids the World Village lets every child that has stayed at the village put a star on the ceiling and it is truly amazing how many families the village has been able to help. I know our effort to help the Village will make a difference."
Thank you for helping IRES support this giving organization,
Lauren Hansen and the Staff of IRES
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