Give Kids the World, a leading charity based out of Orlando, announced this week that it would be closing its door.
The charity is known across the world for granting what are often final wishes to children that are suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
The organization stressed the move to shut down is directly related to the coronavirus pandemic.
With many theme parks across Central Florida still closed and with families not able to travel to Give Kids the World’s complex in Osceola County, the charity simply could not sustain itself and was forced to lay off most of its staff.
The charity made the announcement via a letter to its supporters.
“While we’re closed, we will still be working with our wish-granting partners to fulfill rush wishes,” said Pamela Landwirth, the president and CEO of Give Kids the World Village.
The organization’s web site shows that it is still attempting to raise money to revive the charity. Families that are selected by Give Kids the World spend a week at the more than 80-acre campus in Kissimmee and get to experience the child’s wish, usually visits to Orlando area theme parks with meet and greets with their favorite characters. Airfare, room and board, and needed medical assistance are covered. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World are all platinum-level partners of Give Kids The World.
As the nation begins to reopen after the coronavirus shutdown, Give Kids the World might be able to revive itself. That is certainly the plan even if the doors remain closed.
“I can promise you that I will work tirelessly to find a way to reopen our beloved village as soon as possible. The health and well-being of our precious wish children is our number one priority as well as the priority of our theme park and wish-granting partners,” said Landwirth.
A small team will continue to work on the group’s web site to make sure it is secure and stays in top condition if the charity revives.
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