To bring happiness and fun back to Florida’s children in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Legoland Florida Resort will donate 18,000 theme park tickets to the UNICEF Kid Power Schools program, and 2,000 tickets to Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs.
In collaboration with Merlin’s Magic Wand, the global charity of Legoland’s parent company, Merlin Entertainments, the total donation of park tickets is worth more than $1.8 million, and is the largest ticket giveaway in the resort’s history.
“As a resort built for kids, we felt compelled to do something special for Florida’s children after Hurricane Irma, which left so many households facing months of recovery,” said Rex Jackson, General Manager of Legoland Florida Resort. “While we can’t turn the power back on for those families, we can put smiles on their faces.”
The UNICEF Kid Power Schools Program, which will receive 18,000 of the donated tickets, is a teacher-led experience that combines activities and lessons with the world’s first Wearable-for-Good. More than 80 percent of students who participate in the UNICEF Kid Power program in Florida are eligible for free or reduced school lunch. Teachers who are participating in the program will give out two tickets per student, which will allow them to visit Legoland Florida Resort with their parent or guardian.
“From UNICEF’s 70 years of work in emergencies and in schools around the world, we know the importance of ‘play’ and free time in helping kids heal from stressful situations, such as a natural disaster,” said Jeanette Duffy, UNICEF Kid Power Program Director. “This is a fantastic chance for these Florida students to just be kids!”
In Polk County, the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs will receive the other 2,000 donated tickets to give to the children they help in Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Haines City.
Since 1954, the Boys & Girls Club has worked to improve the lives of children through programming focused on leadership and character building, education and career development, live skills, health, the arts, sports, and technology.
“This will be such a tremendous treat for our kids,” said Kerry Wilson, the organization’s president and board chair. “Kids who seldom have the opportunity to go to a wonderful place like Legoland.”
Curtis Reddick, Chief Professional Officer for Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs, said that the donation “gives our kids and their parents time to spend a fun-filled day together.”
For more information, visit legoland.com/florida. Check out our video on this gift from Legoland Florida Resort below: