On Saturday, March 3rd, Network Essentials had the amazing opportunity to take part in the Channel@Work Project Laughter 2018. In Partnership with Give Kids The World Village, volunteers helped to put on an exciting day-long event for a group of very deserving kids and their families.
Founded by holocaust survivor Henri Landwirth, Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a whimsical “storybook” village set on 84 acres in Kissimmee, FL. Here, children with life-threatening illnesses and their families can set aside doctor appointments, hospital visits, and medical tests and are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. These trips provide families with a stay in the village, transportation, donated attraction tickets, and more. GKTW offers activities including an interactive garden, miniature golf, and horseback riding on-premise.
Each year, roughly 27,000 children in the US are diagnosed with a serious illness. Many choose to visit Central Florida with the help of organizations like Make A Wish, thanks to the area’s numerous parks and attractions. GKTW offers 166 villas for families to use, providing kid-friendly accommodations that add to the magical experience these kids come to Florida to enjoy.
Channel@Work gives members of the IT industry a chance to get together, give back, and do some good both for the local and global community.
This time around, we took part in an “Avenue” block party right in the heart of the village. Volunteers had the chance to meet the wish kids and their families before they headed to the theme parks, and staffed activity booths and stations where the kids could play, dance, and work on arts and crafts.
Once the families headed off to the theme parks, our team of volunteers went to work on village renovation projects, tackling landscaping and painting. Keeping the village looking clean and beautiful is a big part of offering these kids and their families the best experience possible, and we’re glad to have been a part of the day’s efforts.
To learn more about GKTW and how you can help, visit their website. If you’d like to find out what Network Essentials does when we’re in the office, give us a call at (704) 206-8880 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.