Day #46: Give with the Sunshine Foundation in Davenport, FL

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This morning we volunteered with the Sunshine Foundation in Davenport, FL. Sunshine is a non-profit organization that seeks "to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child's illness may cause."

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The most requested dream is to go to Disney World. As a result, the organization flies families to Orlando from all over the USA. In order to provide lodging for the families going to Disney, Sunshine created the "Dream Village." It is made up of 9 themed cottages (our girls liked the Snow White one the best!), a put put golf course, and a swimming pool. We toured the Dream Village and then the four of us cleaned out the windowsills and windows in one of the cottages. We vacuumed up bugs and dirt and used Windex to clean the glass.

Before we left, we gave Sunshine Foundation a handful of Disney toys (stickers, a backpack, a soccer ball, etc.) that we were given at the recent blogging conference we attended at Disney World.

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If you live in the Orlando area, you can join the Sunshine Foundation to help make the dreams of children come true. The Dream Village facility is largely maintained by volunteers (there are only 2 people on-staff).

Do you know a terminally ill, physically challenged, or abused child who could benefit from a "dream come true"? You can refer a child to the program.

Our family spent 2011 traveling the USA in an RV, striving to intentionally "give every day" for the glory of God. We interviewed CEOs of nonprofits and served alongside over 40 organizations and churches.

Our Pledge

We hereby pledge:

- To spend intimate, quantity time with our family.
- To actively help the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the helpless.
- To value, protect, and advocate for children.
- To de-emphasize the importance of “stuff” in our lives.
- To bring publicity to good causes and good people.
- To live with intentionality, as if this year was our very last.
- To observe the needs in our country/community – and then do something about them.
- To give – every day.

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