Paving a Legacy

When strolling through the Village, it is exciting to look down at all of the wonderful names of people who love and support Give Kids The World. The pink and gray cobblestone walkways throughout the Village are illustrated with names of alumni wish children, families, volunteers and supporters.  There are currently over 8,000 personalized paving stones placed along our wide-stretching Avenue of Angels, the pathway that connects the magical venues of GKTW.

paver_imbThe Village Paving Stone Program gives people the opportunity to customize a commemorative paving stone, that is inscribed and then placed anywhere throughout the Village. If a specific Village Venue became a favorite during the wish trip, families can request that their paving stone be placed close to their cherished hang-out spot. These wonderful stones signify special memories for wish families who have experienced the enchantment at GKTW. Volunteers and Village supporters also like to leave their imprint on the Village – yet another great gift of hope people love to share.

Creating a lasting and lifelong memory in the Village with these timeless paving stones, serves as a special remembrance for visitors. Alumni wish families enjoy the experience of seeing their paving stone, knowing that they’ve left their “mark” on the Village.

“Whenever I meet a family who has purchased a stone, it is always a joyful and emotional experience,” says Volunteer Coordinator, Courtney O’Banion. “Sometimes it’s a reminder of a loved one; sometimes it’s a reminder of their trip. Either way, it’s always special and they now have a permanent place at the Village.”

For more information on our paving stone program, please visit the GKTW Online Gift Shop or call 1.800.995.KIDS.

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  • Colette

    One of my favorite things about the Village is walking down the Avenue and seeing all of the pavers and imagining the stories behind them. Sometimes I see the names of couples and I wonder if they are celebrating the beginning of their life together or a milestone anniversary.
    For me the paving program is quite personal as I purchased one for my father. He never had a chance to see the Village- he lost his battle with cancer too soon. But, I know he is seeing it now, and I am reminded of him every time I walk by his paver, resting in the shade of the big Oak tree on the Avenue.

    • Alex Harney

      Hi Colette! Thank you for sharing your paver story and celebrating your Father’s life with us. We are blessed to be a part of your family’s story.

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