Give Kids the World was founded by Henri Landwirth in 1989. Like the special children Give Kids The World serves, its founder, Henri Landwirth, knows all to well what it is like to give up his childhood. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 7, 1927, Henri and his family were separated and became prisoners in the Nazi death and labor camps during WWII. Henri spent the years between the ages of 13 and 18 in camps including Auschwitz and Matthausen. By war’s end, both of his parents had been killed, but miraculously Henri and his twin sister, Margot, survived and were reunited. Henri worked his way to America on a freight ship, arriving in New York City with $20 in his pocket and little knowledge of the English language; soon after he was drafted to serve in the Army. His GI benefits led to a career in the Hotel industry which led to him founding Give Kids the World. Henri’s life and the story of Give Kids The World are chronicled in his book, “Gift of Life,” which was published in 1996.
Give Kids the World is a place like none other. It’s a place where dreams really do come true. Every day families are able to put their lives of fear, hopelessness, medicine, and doctor visits on hold. They arrive for a carefree week of hope, joy, unimaginable fun… a week of granted wishes.
A Child’s Wonderland would not be complete without its’ very own putt putt golf course, fishing pond, playground, arcade, and movie theatre.
This day Maggie got to be a volunteer for a while after breakfast. She can’t wait to work there when she grows up!
Give Kids the World is truely a magical place.