Non Profit Pampers Kids Fighting Serious Illnesses In 'Rockin Spa'

by Valerie Williams
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Twinkle Hope Rockin’ Spa and G.I. Joe Gym give families the chance to relax and recharge

The non-profit organization Give Kids The World Village is a 79-acre dreamland where kids fighting life-threatening illnesses can go with their families for week-long vacations at no cost to them. Their latest addition to help make a family’s week magical is the Twinkle Hope Rockin’ Spa, a special place where kids can get fun makeovers and their parents can enjoy a little relaxation.

The spa opened on the grounds of Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) this month and is already bringing joy to kids and their parents with their fun services. In a press release provided to Scary Mommy, GKTW President & CEO Pamela Landwirth says, “We are so excited to offer this to our guests. Our visiting wish kids can become anything they imagine at the spa, and families will be able to keep up with their exercise routine. We are so grateful to Hasbro, whose gift has given us the opportunity to create this fantastic new amenity for our guests.”

The place is downright adorable and looks like a total blast.

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That My Little Pony is in the picture because the spa was renovated using a $150,000 contribution from Hasbro, Inc. and was named after Twinkle Hope, a My Little Pony character. Hasbro’s contribution helped expand hours and services offered at the salon as well as adding a fitness center, the G.I. Joe Gym. Kids are able to get fun makeovers and spa procedures while their parents use the fitness center.

Image via GKTW

The spa offers airbrush tattoos, face painting, hand massages, manicures and make up along with a “crazy hair” station where volunteers help kids decorate their locks with colored hair spray, colored hair chalk, flowers and tiaras.

Image via GKTW

Image via GKTW

Image via GKTW

These fun services were only available on a limited basis before the renovation, but now any child visiting the village can get all made up and even take a selfie afterward at the spa’s special selfie booth.

Karen Davis, senior vice president, Global Philanthropy & Social Impact, Hasbro, Inc. says, “One of the countless things that makes Give Kids The World so special is the importance they place on being inclusive of the entire family that stays with them.”

That importance can’t be overstated. The fact that kids can have a blast being pampered and getting cool colors in their hair while their parents have a chance to work out and relax is amazing. When a child is battling a serious illness, it’s easy to imagine how quickly parents put their own needs on the back burner while navigating treatments and hospital stays. During their time at GKTW, they can recharge a little while their child is off having fun.

We can’t think of anyone who deserves it more than these families.

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