This week we had the opportunity to pay it forward to two AWESOME kids that inspired all of us at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. As soon as we heard about Jeffrey Holz, a second grader with a big heart, we knew we had to get involved.
Jeffrey had been saving up to buy a LEGO® set for a whole year, but once he found out that a senior at his school, Richard Gallop, was fighting a battle with cancer, he donated all his savings to help with Richard’s medical expenses.
Our parent company, Merlin Entertainments, operates according to a set of values we call the Merlin Way. One of the most important values is WE CARE. We care by giving back to our communities, taking care of the environment and being a good neighbor.
We put our heads together to plan an awesome surprise to honor Jeffrey and his kindness, complete with the LEGO set he’d been saving for and a trip to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Before we knew it, several people jumped in to give back, including one of our awesome partners, Coca-Cola! Even Benny came along to help us!
Richard’s drive and determination to push through his battle with cancer inspired us as well. We made a few phone calls and with the help of some kind people, we were able to surprise Richard too, making it the ultimate brick-tastic day! Richard was awarded an acceptance letter and a scholarship to his dream school, Southeastern University, passes to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, courtesy of Coca-Cola, and a stay at Gaylord Palms Resort to enjoy some much needed fun and relaxation with his amazing mom, who continues to stay positive during this difficult time.
We hope it was a day that both Jeffrey and Richard won’t forget. At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, kids take the lead and Jeffrey did just that! He taught us all that a little kindness can change everything!
We can’t wait to have Jeffrey and his family out to LEGOLAND Florida Resort to enjoy a day of FUN on us!!
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Photos: K Davis Photography