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Disney recently announced an extension to the closure of their domestic parks and resorts amid the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the United States and the world.
Disney has now donated 100,000 N95 masks to California, New York and Florida as shortages of protective gear for hospital workers grips the healthcare industry. In addition, they have also donated 150,000 Disney rain ponchos to help protect nurses and doctors as they battle the virus.
Disney said in a statement, “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.”
Why California, Florida and New York? Those three states have been some of the hardest hit by the virus at this time and have repeatedly reported a shortage of protective gear and equipment that keep their staff safe while treating patients.
The rain ponchos are of course, not a typical uniform for nursing staff but have become a creative way nurses protecting their uniforms during the pandemic and uniform and protective gear shortage. The ponchos allow bursing uniforms to have an extra layer of protection, thereby extending their use life.
Disney has donated the ponchos to a company called MedShare, a humanitarian organization working with those on the front lines of the virus. MedShare will be responsible for getting the ponchos to hospitals and workers in need.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before,” MedShare CEO and president 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. We appreciate Disney partnering with us to support hospitals and healthcare workers on the frontlines.”
In addition to the gear,Disneyhas also donated 270 tons of food to local food banks in the surrounding areas of their theme parks to help those in need. According to Disney Parks Blog, several weeks back, “excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals” have been donated since the closure of the Disney parks.
Disney doesn’t just do this when parks are closed but have an ongoing partnership with local food banks during normal operating times as well.
According to the Disney Charitable Giving website, “In 2019, Disney gave $338.2 million in cash and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations that bring comfort, inspiration, and opportunity to kids, families, and communities around the world.”
For more information on Disney philanthropy, check out their charitable giving site.
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