When Walt Disney World guests made wishes and tossed coins into Cinderella’s Wishing Well (or any of the fountains or waterways across the resort), they may not know their coins added up to a $30,000 donation to Give Kids The World Village.
“This organization holds a special place in my heart as my cousin, Caleb, experienced the magic of the Village during his Make-A-Wish trip to Walt Disney World Resort in 1996,” wrote 2022-2023 Walt Disney World Ambassador Ali Manion in the Disney Parks Blog. “Knowing just how special this trip was for Caleb and his family inspired me to volunteer at the Village myself, and I’ll never forget coming across Caleb’s wishing star in the Castle of Miracles on my first day as a VoluntEAR – it’s comforting to know his memory lives on, and his contagious, bubbly energy and bravery continues to inspire me every day!”
Established in 1986, Give Kids The World Village plays an integral part in the wish-granting efforts at Walt Disney World. This donation is one of many ways the resort is giving back to the Central Florida community during the 50th Anniversary celebration, including $3 million in grants to six local nonprofit organizations (including Give Kids The World Village) and the 50 for 50 Disney VoluntEARS Challenge where more than 500 cast members have already volunteered 50 hours and attended 50 VoluntEARS events.
“We’ve had an amazing relationship with Walt Disney World Resort for more than 35 years, and this donation on top of the recent $500,000 grant will help us to continue making dreams come true for our very special wish families who visit the Village,” said Give Kids The World Village President and CEO Pam Landwirth.
Click here to learn more about Give Kids the World Village.