It was a surprise treat today for a group of special needs kids in B.C., who found out they’re headed on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland.
It was a scene of joy, surprise, and disbelief according to organizer Melissa Wong-Hance, who says 132 kids found out they’d be headed to the Magic Kingdom.
“It’s explosive. It’s really hard to describe in words. You feel this energy, and you literally get goosebumps. Because a lot of these kids, number one, have never been on a plane before, let alone have they ever been separated from their guardians.”
“It really is electrifying. It’s hard to describe and put into words, but you can just feel the buzz and excitement in the room.”
It’s called “Dreams Take Flight” – a volunteer-run charity founded three decades ago by a group of Air Canada employees.
Wong-Hance says the B.C. chapter has since taken about 2,500 kids with serious illnesses or social challenges on the trip.
“Children who are not able to ever go to Disney Land. Some of them are terminally ill. A lot of the children are in a situation where their home life doesn’t allow or will never allow that oportunity.”
Image courtesy of Dreams Take Flight