April 06, 2020
Disney Parks found new ways to share the magic amid the coronavirus pandemic. Focused on making a difference, they responded to requests from hospitals for protective wear with a generous donation.
All Disney’s stores and theme parks closed due to the coronavirus, and all their cruises are suspended for the time being as well. However, Disney Parks still want to reach out like Walt Disney first had back in the 1930s - through taking his magic where it was needed.
Now, Disney Parks sent their magic in the form of a donation of a 150,000 rain ponchos to a humanitarian aid organization called MedShare, who distribute medical-related supplies to hospitals in need.
Rain ponchos might not fall under the medical supply category in general. But nurses across the US realized that the ponchos protect their clothing but also prolong the use of Personal Protective E. equipment. In turn, it also frees up much-need gowns.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before,” MedShare President and CEO, Charles Redding said. “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.”
Not the first donation by Disney Parks, they’ve previously supplied the states of California, Florida, and New York with 100,000 N95 masks and given almost $3 million in in-kind donations to communities in need around the world in March alone.
Additionally, Aulani, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney World Resort also donated over 270 tons of food to food banks.
Many celebrities also stepped forward with donations, like Dolly Parton, who supports the medical research going into finding a cure for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Announcing her donation on Twitter while encouraging others to donate as well, Dolly wrote:
"I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations."
Singer Bruno Mars thought of people economically impacted by the pandemic and also reportedly donated $1 million, but to the MGM Resorts Foundation in aid of MGM employees.
On March 31, Billy Joel and his wife Alexis also announced their donation of $500,000 worth of Personal Protective Equipment. Three-quarters of the contribution went to New York City and Long Island, while the remaining quarter got distributed in other areas of New York State.
Angelina Jolie, who is known for her humanitarian efforts towards children in need, also made a donation of $1 million to cater for children who depend on the food they get at school.
With the donation made to the "No Kid Hungry Organization," they aim to supply as many hungry children around the world with nutritional food.