On November 9 I had the chance to preview Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida. This is a must-do event if you plan to visit Walt Disney World during the holiday season. There are millions of lights, but that isn’t the heart of the festivities. Everything at Give Kids the World Village centers around love and hope.
Night of a Million Lights would not be possible without volunteers. Most of the people working who you may encounter while there are volunteering their time. More hands are always needed, not only for Night of a Million Lights, but also all year long.
All volunteers must be 12 or older. Those who are under 18 must also be accompanied by an adult. Following CDC guidelines, volunteers must be fully vaccinated. This is a great opportunity to help out a worthy organization and also receive a behind the scenes look at the holiday magic. You can find more information and the volunteer application here.
Give Kids the World Village is located just a few minutes from Walt Disney World. It has been granting wishes to critically ill children and their families since 1986. There are over 180 cottages that become a family’s home away from home for a week long vacation. All costs are paid for, including transportation and donated theme park tickets. There are special activities during the week. Halloween is celebrated weekly, as is Christmas. For some of these children, it will be their last chance to celebrate these holidays.
Over 177,000 Wish kids and their families have visited Give Kids the World Village. They have come from all 50 states and 76 countries. Instead of thinking about doctor’s appointments and treatments, kids are allowed to just have fun for a few days. Consider giving a few hours of your time this holiday season. It’s the best gift that you could give.