Gavin, 5, is an outgoing little boy who was so excited to go to Disney for his Dream. His parents drove through the night so that when Gavin awoke the next morning, they’d be arriving at Give Kids the World Village, ready for their week of fun.
Gavin and his family checked in and were in the pool by lunchtime! ‘The pool was awesome,’ exclaimed Gavin. Before long, Gavin and his family realized how special the Village was and couldn’t wait to see all that they had to offer. In fact, it ended up being the highlight of their trip! ‘We loved GKTW!’ his mother said. ‘Everyone there was SO nice — every time you turned around, there was a volunteer smiling and ready to help.’ She added, ’The Village has so much for you to do that there is no time to be bored. We met Mickey, Gru, and the Mayor; went trick-or-treating; met Santa; the private rides and train room were great!’
However, the literal icing on the cake was the amazing food they had. ‘They had the BEST waffles we’ve had in our life!’ Gavin’s mother said. She also raved about the after-dinner cake cart and the cookie cart that travels around the Village handing out freshly baked sugar cookies, snickerdoodle, and chocolate chip cookies. Gavin’s favorite treats were the slushies at the pool snack bar, which he was getting all on his own by the trip’s end!
Gavin, of course, got to place his star in the Castle of Miracles; however, in a touching twist of fate, they presented his brother, Bryson, with a star for him to place, too, for Bryson was recently diagnosed with cancer, as well. The Village was so inspiring to Gavin and his family that for Gavin’s upcoming birthday, they plan to do a fundraiser for GKTW in lieu of gifts. ‘As a way to say a big thank you,’ his mother said.