The theme parks and Resort hotels at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been closed since the middle of March and ever since then, Disney Parks has provided nearly $3M in in-kind donations benefitting communities around the world.
From donating excess food from the theme parks to offering a special promotion to guests whose vacations were canceled and even their top executives taking substantial pay cuts, the company is continuing to look for new ways to help out.
This morning, the Disney Parks Blog shared that they're taking the hospitals in need of additional protective garments and medical-related supplies to heart and have donated 150,000 rain ponchos to MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization. Who would ever have thought that rain ponchos could help in a time like this? The idea was actually "inspired by nurses across the country who inventively found that rain ponchos can be an excellent way to protect their clothing and prolong the use of PPE (personal protective equipment), while also freeing up gowns when needed."
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Charles Redding, MedShare CEO and President. “We have to find ways to pool our resources and work together to help the healthcare workers who are doing their very best to treat patients and contain COVID-19. We appreciate Disney partnering with us to support hospitals and healthcare workers on the frontlines.”
Additionally, Disney Parks recently donated more than 100,000 N95 masks to the states of New York, California, and Florida, and is continuing to find further ways to give back.
Disney Parks has a longstanding history of helping hospitals and communities, dating back to the 1930s, when Walt, himself, took Disney characters and animators on outreach visits. Sharing the magic of Disney continues today through contributions, collaborating with nonprofit organizations, in-kind gifts and employee volunteerism. These are some of the ways Disney brings positive, lasting change to communities around the world.