September 29, 2014

On Sept. 26 about a dozen DPR employees volunteered their time performing routine maintenance on a villa at the Give Kids the World complex in Orlando, Fla. While the work may have been ordinary, the cause that it supports is anything but.

The biannual workday was part of DPR’s regularly scheduled upkeep of two DPR-sponsored. Give Kids the World is a nonprofit organization that has fulfilled the wishes of more than 130,000 children from around the world since it began by offering all-expense-paid vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. They are provided five star treatment including lodging, entrance to Disneyworld and other area attractions and additional amenities. The goal is to provide an experience that allows the children and their families to focus on creating memories and just having fun.

Employees in Florida have supported the organization for nearly a decade. Their involvement has included building two villas at the Florida development, financial support and regular maintenance of the two DPR-sponsored villas. DPR volunteers also decorate the villas for special holidays.

DPR Orlando employee Chris Bell has been involved for many of those years and coordinated the recent local workday that brought DPR volunteers in to perform deep cleaning, lawn work and light maintenance of one of the villas.

“It’s just doing good work for a great organization,” he commented, noting that at different times many local employees have participated in volunteering with the nonprofit organization that is making a big difference for youngsters with terminal illnesses. “People enjoy the chance to be part of doing something that has a positive impact.”