I'm raising money again this year for Give Kids The World Village here in Central Florida. I'm one of the founders of the Coasting For Kids event, now going to its sixth year! GKTW is an amazing organization that hosts the families of kids with life-threatening illness for a cost-free vacation away from the doctors and hospitals. Diana and I have had the opportunity to volunteer there now that we're local, and it really is an amazing place. The smiles from the kids is obviously priceless, but it's equally satisfying to see parents who have never met see each other, and totally get each others' circumstances with little more than a nod.
Consider the seriousness of what these families deal with. There's a great story where a kid was visiting the faith-agnostic chapel at the village, which is beautifully decorated with a "sky" of clouds around the ceiling. That evening, when the parents went to tuck him in, his blanket was missing. When they asked the child where it was, he said he threw it up into the clouds at the chapel so Jesus could hold it for him until he arrived in heaven. That's the gravity of what these families deal with. They deserve a week of fun, and a chance to make great memories.
I set my fundraising goal at $1,000 this year, but I'm still a little short, with the deadline looming. If you could donate just a few dollars, every bit will help!
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Thank you in advance for your support!