I've been supporting this organization now since 2009, but between having a child of my own and visiting the village last October, I feel a lot more personally invested in it. It's an obvious charity for those of us who are roller coaster and theme park nerds, sure, but for me it seems like a way to also cheat the reality that many of these families have to endure. My kid is spoiled... he has been on more than 30 flights before he turned 3, and already has one Disney cruise under his belt. He has no idea just how well travelled he is, but we certainly have a great appreciation for all of the great memories we've made with him.
So imagine that your child's life is threatened by some illness. No one plans for that, it just happens. Having the chance to do all of that travel to create memories just isn't very likely. GKTW makes it real though, at no cost to the families. I think those families are entitled to the kinds of memories I take for granted. They need a week to just be happy, and not just be sick.
The overall cost to host a family at the village, in dollars and in-kind donations (i.e., stuff like food, theme park tickets and other donated objects) can be as much as $7,000. It may not seem like much, but if everyone I know via Facebook alone were to donate $20, that would pay for one family.
I sincerely appreciate any donation you can make, small or large. Please visit my donation page. Disney World isn't the only place in Central Florida where magic happens!