June 24, 2017

Today I decided was going to be my productive day and so far I am sticking to it.  I started out my morning reading with a cup of coffee, talked to Chrissy for a bit when she came home from work, worked out, showered, made a green smoothie, and then I headed to my orientation.

Since I don’t know a lot of people down here yet, I have a good amount of free time, and I believe in giving-I decided to sign up to volunteer at Give Kids the World.  Give Kids the World Village is an 80+ acre property in Kissimmee, Florida that is about 20 minutes from where I live.  The founder, Henri Landwirth, an Auschwitz survivor, built this property for children with terminal illnesses and their families to vacation at no cost.  If you google Henri, he has a very interesting life story.  His daughter, Pamela Landwirth, is now the CEO.

The property is set up similar to an amusement park.  There are attractions, activities, restaurants, and a swimming pool.  Everything is wheel-chair friendly and free for the families.  They also have themed parties every night of the week including Halloween, Christmas, and a giant game of Candyland.  They say they never know when a child will spend their last holiday with their family, therefore every week there will be Halloween and Christmas.

The walking tour of the property was touching.  I had to pinch my hand almost the entire time to stop myself from crying.  Every ride and building is named after a child or volunteer and therefore has a story.  I am really excited to have the opportunity to spend time here on my days off-I only hope I can hold back the tears!  If you are looking for a good charity to donate to, I strongly encourage you to check them out.

After orientation, I ran to Target and Culvers.  I had really been craving a ButterBurger.  Chrissy and I watched Brave when she woke up (another movie I hadn’t seen) and then I headed to bed!