Thirty-six children with life-threatening medical conditions are heading to Orlando, Fla., Friday for a week-long vacation and the American Airlines Federal Credit Union will be there to cheer them on towards their fun-filled getaway.
The Something mAAgic Foundation and American Airlines have teamed up to provide the children and their families with the mAAgic flight to Kissimmee, Fla., to lodge at the Give Kids The World Village, a 70-acre storybook resort that neighbors popular Orlando attractions.
During their stay at, the families will enjoy accommodations in their own villa and meals onsite at the Gingerbread House Restaurant and Katie's Kitchen. The village includes a number of entertainment options for the children, including a wheelchair-accessible splash park, an ice cream palace, a wishing well that burps, a dinosaur miniature golf course, and the world's largest and only life-sized version of the children's game Candy Land.
The annual event is sponsored by the Something mAAgicFoundation, with travel for children and their families provided by the American Airlines Kids In Needprogram. To date, more than 400 children have participated in the event.
Thirty-one airports throughout the American Airlines and American Eagle network will celebrate the children departing from their home cities.
Something mAAgicvolunteers made up of American Airlines, American Eagle and the $5.7 billion American Airlines Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas, employees will work together to create themed send-off celebrations for the families at the participating airports, customized to feature each child's favorite things.
“The bravery of the participating families and the selfless commitment of our people and the volunteers who make this event possible are humbling,” said Jon Snook, American's senior vice president of customer service. “I'm both proud and grateful that American is once again a part of mAAgic flight.”
Last year, more than 900 employees from around the world gave their time to support mAAgicflight. This year, the foundation said it is sponsoring children from the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain and Trinidad.