Volunteering is a great deed done by a small number of people. I know with me, when saying I would like to give up some of my time to help, that offer is usually short lived. It turns out that I don’t have time to give, and the little time I do have is taken up by family and work needs. So, to volunteer for something sounds like and awesome idea, but it never seems to work out. For me anyway.
Last year, I wrote about a non-profit organization that I volunteered with along with a group of Citi employees that were attending an incentive trip. This organization was Ben’s Bells. I loved their story so much that I helped with what I could, and I have since donated money.
Give Kids the World grants the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world. They help these children to experience a happy, memorable, cost-free visit to Florida. Through this organization, children along with their families, can enjoy Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios. Along with access to all the fun, they also get to stay in the Give Kids the World Village for a week.
A lot of children with life threatening illnesses go through the Make a Wish program. When the wish is to go to Disney World, they are sent to the village. The village is a 70-acre resort complete with over 140 accommodations, attractions, fun specifically designed for children with special needs.
Every day of the week the Village celebrates Christmas, Halloween, and other holidays or events. The reason they do this is because some of these children may never see another holiday. They want their trip to Florida to be special, and they want memories to be made.
The volunteerism I contributed was minimal to say the least (I made Ben’s Bells to pass through the community). When you think of who you are helping, even the smallest bit is appreciated.
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