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Havis' Kids calling for families with special needs children

Havis' Kids founder Havis Hurley has a passion for taking special needs children to Walt Disney World. Hurley and Havis' Kids volunteers are planning the next trip in October 2020 and families with special needs kids who have not been active in the past are invited to an upcoming meeting.

Staff photo by Mark Boehler

By Mark Boehler

Daily Corinthian

Havis Hurley is planning his 57th trip to Walt Disney World next year and he is looking for some special people to make the trip with him.

The trip in October 2020 will be the 5th for Havis' Kids, a non-profit which specializes in taking Crossroads area special needs kids and their caregivers on a magical weeklong trip to Disney World every other year.

Hurley — Havis' Kids founder — and his volunteers are putting out a call to all special needs families who have not made the trip to step forward and show interest.

The meeting for families with special needs kids who have not made the trip will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at Corinth City Hall in the upstairs board room.

"This is for interest for new families to make the trip," said Hurley, as Havis' Kids traveled to Disney World in 2012, 2014, 2016 and last October. "Letters are being sent to all special needs classes in schools."

Twenty-nine special needs kids made the trip last year with their families. Total number making the trip was 149 people, including fundraising volunteers.

Havis' Kids pays for each special needs child to make the trip, plus one adult caregiver. Many parents and grandparents made the trip. Enough money was raised last year for each child to get $300 in spending money once they arrived at Disney World.

The exact date for the trip has not been set yet pending announcement of the Corinth School District calendar.

Special needs families are required to help with fundraising activities.

Hurley said once all special needs families are signed up for the trip, fundraising activities will begin this year.

One popular fundraiser to return will be a Disney World trip giveaway to a family of four. Chances will be just $20 each.

"We will do that again," noted Hurley. "It's a really good deal. A trip valued at $3,000 for a $20 ticket."