Last weekend was the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s 66th Annual Christmas Parade. If you were in attendance on Saturday, you might have been lucky enough to catch a peek of the special guy in charge. That’s right, our very own agent Tom Rossello was the Chairman of the Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade this year! Tom has been a member of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for over 30 years. Of course the parade was a wonderful success with him in charge, and continued its well-established tradition of bringing joy to our community. In fact, the long history of this event actually makes it the oldest continuous holiday parade in Central Florida!

This time of year always serves as a reminder for us to reflect on all we are grateful for and how we are able to give to others. We have a lot to be thankful for at Jallad Insurance, one of which is the nonprofit organization, Give Kids the World. If you are unfamiliar with the organization, Give Kids the World provides cost-free, weeklong, whimsical vacations for critically ill children and their families to enjoy time away from hospital visits and medical procedures and just have a little fun together! The nonprofit was started by a Holocaust survivor, Henri Landwirth. He said he understood what it felt like to have childhood snatched away, so over 30 years ago he created a place where children battling illnesses could remember what it was like to laugh, play, and just be a kid. No child is ever turned away.

According to the Give Kids the World website, “Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a critical illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions.” Having a child with a critical illness is incredibly difficult and impacts all aspects of life for the child and their loved ones. Which is why we appreciate the mission of Give Kids the World and are happy to support their efforts to bring joy to critically ill children and their families.

So if you are looking for a charity to give to this holiday season, we hope you will consider adding Give Kids the World to your “Nice” list!

Give Kids the World