- The story of Give Kids The World begins with a little girl with a wish and the desire of one man to make that wish come true.
The little girl’s name was Amy. Amy had leukemia and one wish – to visit the theme parks in Orlando. To facilitate Amy’s wish, the request of a complimentary stay was made to a respected hotelier. As he had done many times before, the hotelier gladly obliged and Amy’s wish was that much closer to being realized. Sadly, the remainder of Amy’s travel plans took too long to arrange and her wish was never granted; Amy had passed away. Time simply ran out. This unfulfilled wish inspired a man, the hotelier, to make a vow that no child in need would ever be failed again. That man was Henri Landwirth and his desire to ensure that Amy’s story would never repeat itself is where the story of Give Kids The World begins.
- In the video link below Founder Henri Landwirth speaks about how his own childhood spent in concentration camps during the Holocaust inspired him to start Give Kids The World Village (GKTW). Today, GKTW has helped more than 107,000 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families find comfort, happiness and hope at its whimsical non-profit resort in Kissimmee, FL.