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Alumni Volunteers Gather in Orlando to 'Give Kids The World'

September 2, 2011

PBA alumna Articia Burrell '06 volunteers at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee.
PBA alumna Articia Burrell '06 volunteers at Give Kids The World in Kissimmee.
Volunteer Articia Burrell ’06 woke up at 3 a.m. on a Saturday and drove from Jacksonville to Orlando with her husband and 17-year-old son. Instead of arriving at a theme park, they pulled into Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee by 7:30 a.m.

There, Burrell and her son joined other Palm Beach Atlantic University alumni and friends in the Orlando area to serve breakfast to critically ill children and their families.

This was the second year that Burrell has participated in the Workship Day event, which has been held at Give Kids The World for the past three years. She said she strives to live by the verse 1 Peter 4:10: "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." (TNIV)

"I try to help as many people as I can," Burrell said. "You never know when the shoe is on the other foot and you may need someone to help you. I believe in the work that they are doing at Give Kids The World, and I will continue to visit with my alumni class as long as they need me."

Matt and Rebecca McKee and their son, Alex, join in the Workship Day at Give Kids the World.
Matt and Rebecca McKee and their son, Alex, join in the Workship Day at Give Kids The World.

The youngest volunteer, 12-year-old Alex McKee, served with his father, Matt, '95, and his mother Rebecca, said Amy Paul '00/'09 ORL, the Central Florida chapter leader for the PBA Alumni Association.

Alex was one of the last to finish, as he volunteered to vacuum the dining areas when breakfast was finished, Paul said.

"Everyone I talked to said they loved their experience and they plan to continue to participate in the future," she said.

In all, 25 participants representing graduation years from 1974 to 2011 volunteered at Give Kids The World, a 70-acre, non-profit resort that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Two of the volunteers drove a train around the village to provide transportation for the families.

For more information about Give Kids The World, visit www.givekidstheworld.org. For PBA alumni information, visit www.pba.edu/alumni-friends.


 

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