Kissimmee Blog Day 2

Day 2

This morning we woke up early to start our day hiking on a nature trail. However, I’m pretty sure we took more pictures than we did hiking (selfie stick for the win). After leaving the trails, we decided to check out “Orange World.” Turns out it’s a pretty basic souvenir shop that looks like an orange on the outside. That did not stop us from sharing some great laughs there though. When we returned, Parker, Kristen and I made lunch for the group today. We had a “kindergarten” lunch of macaroni and chicken nuggets. Until we left for volunteering we played a fun card game with a lot of enthusiasm from everyone. Parker was ecstatic when he won, but we will have to have a rematch tomorrow. Will the reigning champion win again?

Now to the important part: Give Kids the World. Today we were all assigned to do volunteer shifts at places we had not done yesterday.  Kristen and I started our day running “Amberville” which is the arcade and entertainment center. Here, kids can play mini golf, ride a train, play pool, air hockey, videogames, and an assortment of arcade games. We met a first grader from North Carolina who loved the mini golf course. Even though his parents were cold outside, he had a blast getting sprayed with water on the last whole by a dinosaur. For our second shift today, we got the pleasure of being in “La Ti Da Spa” located in the castle. At the spa, we painted nails, face painted, did makeup, and gave airbrush tattoos. The princesses from Give Kids the World loved getting pampered and were easily excited by all of the sparkles. Purple and pink were obviously the most popular colors chosen! We had a lot of fun interacting with the families that came in here and it gave us more time to get to know some of the kids personally. After our shift, we got to see all of the stars in the castle. Every kid that comes to Give Kids the World gets a star with their name on it added to the castle wall. There are over 140,000 stars and it was amazing to see so many people’s wishes come true.

I’m excited to find out what everyone else from the group did today!


Sydnie Merriman

University of Missouri 2016

Bachelor of Health Science

Minor: Leadership and Public Service

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