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Walt Disney World donates $500,000 to Homeless Impact Fund

At a special performance of Epcot’s Candlelight Processional on Sunday, December 6, Walt Disney World president George Kalogridis announced a $500,000 grant to help homeless families in the area.

Homeless Impact Fund, run by the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, will be the recipient of the money, which will go to families in Orange and Osceola counties.

The Commission’s CEO, Andrae Bailey, said, “What’s impressive is not just the amount of money, which is one of the largest gifts we’ve seen in a while; it’s who gave it. When somebody like Disney steps in and makes an investment of this size …that sends a message to everybody in the community.”

It has become tradition for Disney to announce a gift of some kind during the holidays, but it has not been in this large of an amount before. Last year, $25,000 was given to the Community Food & Outreach Center in Orlando.

Kalogridis said, “Every child needs a safe and stable environment in which to learn and grow.”

News source: Orlando Sentinel

Leah grew up in a little farming town in Illinois, right on the Mississippi River. Her Chicago-born husband, David, left the city for her, and they're now raising their three children (Jacob, Jonah and Lydia) just 12 miles from her hometown. As the Senior Editor of the DIS (, Leah spends a lot of time writing about, reading about, and discussing Disney. So, it should come as no surprise that one of her family's favorite ways to spend time is going to Walt Disney World and traveling on Disney Cruise Line. She also enjoys shopping, watching movies with her husband and doing crafts with and for her kids.


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