Nearly 10 months to the day that it closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Give Kids The World Village reopened its whimsical gates to wish families on January 17, 2021. The day represented a joyful homecoming for the families as well as GKTW staff and volunteers.
“We are elated to be able to get back to our mission of spreading joy and creating the happiness that inspires hope for these precious families,” said Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth. “Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness. We are ecstatic to be able to once again provide these families with a magical week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, spend priceless time together, and create unforgettable memories.”
With safety as its number one priority, Give Kids The World Village will be taking a thoughtful, phased approach to reopening, beginning with a limited number of families and gradually growing its occupancy over time. Nemours Children’s Hospital experts led by pediatric infectious disease clinician and researcher Kenneth A. Alexander, MD, PhD, worked closely with Give Kids The World to develop the nonprofit’s comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan, which has been in effect at the Village since March.
Thanks to the outpouring of support from Village partners, volunteers, Board members, wish-granting organizations and staff, the Village will celebrate its 35th anniversary on March 7, 2021. For more information, visit www.gktw.org.
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