Festive wish pillows are often seen in the hands of children parading around the Village. This magical memento signifies their fun retreat at Give Kids The World, and the incredible memories they’ve made during their stay. Not only does the wish pillow provide a cheerful reminder of their adventure, but it also serves as a comfy traveling companion for the journey home.
Wish pillows have become very popular with the children at the Village, and thanks to caring individuals like Deborah Herman, this tradition will continue. Herman is the proud owner of Fabric Innovations, a renowned supplier of luxury linens to the hotel industry. The habit of doing good deeds for others was passed down to her from her father, who knew Henri Landwirth and also helped support the Village.
Herman showed her support for GKTW by generously donating 2,000 pillow cases, and committed to fulfilling the same contribution next year. This donation allows us to provide wish pillows for each child that stays at the Village.
“Give Kids The World is an experience that takes many words to express,” says Herman, whose charitable donation assists in GKTW’s usage of approximately 21,000 pillow cases each year. “The brave parents and their amazing children share more joy in a day than most people experience in a life time. A day in the presence of these children gave me hope for the future of the whole human race. The volunteers, who give of their time and hearts, are a statement to the fundamental belief that every day is precious. It is an honor for me to supply these sweet wish pillows and I pray that all our wishes could come true.”
Small and large gestures of generosity from GKTW supporters continue to help make wish children and families feel loved and special. A comfy wish pillow to remind a child of their whimsical stay at the Village is yet another small token of happiness that brightens their day.
Contributed by Leilani Vaiaoga