From acts of selflessness to the compassion they show toward every guest, our volunteers offer much more than just their time. They are the heartbeat of Give Kids The World Village, filling 1,650 volunteer shifts each week. One such volunteer is more than just a Village “Angel” – his name is also Angel.
Santos “Angel” Irizzary has been a dedicated volunteer of the Village for the past 10 years. After retiring from delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service, Santos now delivers the happiness that inspires hope to the many wish families he helps at the Village.
In 2002, Santos relocated to Kissimmee, FL from Puerto Rico. After volunteering at numerous organizations across Central Florida, he soon found out about Give Kids The World Village.
“From the moment I walked down the Avenue of Angels, I was hooked,” said Santos. “I had heard this place was for children with life-threatening illnesses, so I was expecting the sadness that comes with sickness. The Village is the exact opposite. There is nothing but smiles, joy and the sound of laughter.”
From giving tours and scooping ice cream in the Ice Cream Palace to serving warm breakfasts for our families, Santos has done it all. He’s volunteered 2,500 service hours and counting.
Being so passionate about our history and mission, Santos has read Give Kids The World founder Henri Landwirth’s book, "A Gift of Life", dozens of times. Why keep volunteering at the Village? Angel only has one answer – a favorite quote of his and Henri’s – “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”