The Kidd’s Kids trip is always a whirlwind of laughs, tears, screams, and most importantly, smiles. The 2015 trip was no different. I have been going on the Kidd’s Kids trip on and off since I was four years old when my parents put me in a van with three families to Sea World San Antonio. Obviously the trip has grown from those three families in a van to 50 families on a chartered Southwest airplane but the heart and the mission of the trip will forever be the same – to put a smile on those sweet kids’ faces.
Back in August, I took part in a Kidd’s Kids “reveal” where we surprise a family that applied for the annual trip and tell them that they are going in a fun way. I got chosen to do the reveal for ten-year-old Memphis Lafferty from the DFW area. But the reveal wasn’t with Memphis himself. It was with his dad, Chris. We had a contact that worked with Memphis’ dad so we decided to sneak attack him at work to tell him he and his son were going on the trip! Chris was in a big meeting when I ran up with Mickey Mouse balloons and honestly Chris was probably very confused. I explained to him that he and Memphis had been selected to go on our trip and he goes “Oh man, I thought I was being fired!” It was too funny and we had a good laugh about it. What I didn’t know in August is that Chris and Memphis were going to change my life forever.