IAAPA is a big supporter of Give Kids The World in Kissimmee, Florida (just outside Orlando). The charity brings children with terminal illnesses and their families to Central Florida for a respite from the trials and challenges of their lives, and allowing them to spend a week enjoying all our industry has to offer. The good and kind folks at GKTW receive letters of thanks and appreciation all the time for their work, and sometimes they share them with us as a way to show all of you out there who have helped the Village in the past that your efforts are definitely worthwhile. We're running these letters from time to time here on the blog. This one landed in my inbox last week:
I am enclosing a donation in honor of our daughter, Maggie. We were privileged to be guests at your incredible Village Valentine's week of 2008. We were reluctant to take this trip as we never ventured too far from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We are very glad we did! Your staff and volunteers treated us like they've known us for years. It was a very comfortable setting. Our three children had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed the merry-go-round numerous times every day. Breakfast in the Gingerbread House was also a big hit! My husband and I actually found ourselves relaxing and having a joyous time with our children—something we hadn't felt in two years.
Maggie felt great the entire week—she had the most energy of all of us! Our precious Maggie passed away last week and we received this [$300] from a friend to help care for her. We think it is only appropriate to pass it on to you so you can help another family have a wonderful experience. Thank you again; we have such warm and loving memories from this trip. Please always remember Maggie with a smile.