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15th Annual We’re Going to Orlando!

First Things First was honored to host six families for the 15th annual “We’re Going to Orlando!” trip! Four families from Arizona, one from Missouri and one from Illinois in partnership with Make-A-Wish and Dream Factory joined the Warner family for a weeklong trip of rides, shows, food, fireworks, and more as they explored all of the best theme parks in Orlando! For Those Without a Voice once again generously provided a grant to cover the airfare for all of the families and Give Kids the World gave the families an incredible home away from home while in Florida. Universal Orlando Resort joined the team as a new generous partner this year. Click here to view some of the photos from this incredible week!

 
 

Zone to Go Cart Brings Activities to Kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) has a great state-of-the-art play area that provides an escape for patients and their families from daily life in the hospital. However, some patients aren’t able to visit the Zone due to suppressed immune systems that require time in isolation. After discussing the need with PCH, First Things First provided funding for a Zone to Go cart that brings many of the favorite activities of the Zone right to the patients’ rooms including games on a large touch screen computer, arts & crafts, science experiments, and more. Best of all, the patients receive one-on-one attention to build relationships with hospital staff or volunteers. In May, Kurt and Brenda visited the hospital to dedicate the cart and experience all of its features firsthand as they enjoyed play time with several patients.

 
 

Mother’s Day Surprise for Single Mom and Boys

Sandra is expecting to have the “best Mother’s Day ever” this year after receiving the surprise of a lifetime walking into her home purchased with the help of Habitat for Humanity of Central AZ. Squeals of delight could be heard from 7-year old twin boys Bobby and Roman as they commented on everything they saw as they toured their home with Kurt and Brenda, along with their mom and 14 year old brother Raheem. “A new TV with something playing!” “We have couches!” “The kitchen is full of food including Oreos!” “They got us everything!” The boys didn’t miss a thing as they absorbed their surroundings provided by a Homes for the Holidays team effort from Aaron’s, U-Haul, R&S Mattress and First Things First. A teary-eyed Sandra, overwhelmed by her fully furnished home, quietly summed it up by saying, “I have no words. It’s incredible. I could have never done this on my own.” To watch a news story covering the event, click here.

 
 

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Treasure House, a supported residential community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is the latest philanthropic endeavor of Kurt and Brenda Warner. Visit treasurehouse.org to learn more about this new 501(c)(3) charity.

 

The Warner's Calendar

 

Ride for Wishes in memory of Alec Ninker in Prairie du Rocher, IL

 

16th Annual Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive in St. Louis

 

Mission: Possible! Scholarship Spring Break Deadline

 

Mission: Possible! Scholarship Summer Deadline

 
 
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