|Good morning, carbs!|
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A quick run down of food at Give Kids the World: families are provided with all of their meals for the duration of their stay -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream, late-night pizza delivery, and other snacks. Many choose to eat at the parks for some meals, but when they need to eat at the Village there are plenty of options. It is a pretty good deal!
I have already mentioned the Ice Cream Palace, one of the most popular spots at the Village. The ice cream and fixings are supplied by Friendly's, and families can snack on banana splits and other treats from early morning to late at night.
Also popular option is Katie's Kitchen, a quick lunch or dinner option. The food is provided by Boston Market, so families can order rotisserie chicken dinners, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, all of the delicious sides...yum!
|I love a good Chicken Carver Sandwich...|
Photo credit: Give Kids the World
|Photo credit: Give Kids the World|
Give Kids the World thinks of everything, and one of the small but meaningful touches is that all guests have their trays carried for them. Many of the Wish Children who visit the Village are not able to carry their own trays, but rather than making them feel singled out or reminded of things they can't do, volunteers are on hand to carry trays for everyone. This turns a gesture that might be a source of frustration into one that seems like white glove service for all. The kids like being "waited on", and the parents don't seem to mind special treatment either (especially the moms -- they usually have to carry everything, right?).
|Such a warm and happy place|
Photo source: Give Kids the World
I also got to see plenty of special moments. One of the first kids to come off the line happily handed over his tray, which consisted of a plate filled with nothing but bacon. He was thrilled, and the true embodiment of GKTW's motto that a week at the Village is a week of 'yes'. You want to eat nothing but bacon for breakfast? Sure!
I also watched a little boy break out into a big smile as he sat and watched all of the activity in the Gingerbread House. I didn't think much of it until his mom came over with a camera to capture the moment -- he is non-verbal and rarely smiles or laughs, so this was a very special event. And a perfect reminder of why Give Kids the World is so special -- it creates these magical moments every single day.
The shift went by pretty quickly, and after a thorough clean-up it was time to go. I was sad to say goodbye, but I tried to turn that sadness into determination that I would come back as soon as possible. There are so many more wishes that need fulfilling...