Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Gives Back for Thanksgiving

We recently shared the amazing efforts of Disney VoluntEARS who rallied behind national Family Volunteer Day on November 21. And the recent Thanksgiving holiday offered yet another opportunity for Disney Parks VoluntEARS to give back to the communities where we live, work and play, showing them just how grateful we are. This year, we’re most thankful for our cast, crew and Imagineers, who offer their time generously to help enrich the people and places around them.

For instance, cast members at the Disneyland Resort collected more than 1,400 pounds of food—and counting—donated by cast members for the Orange County Food Bank last week, which will serve low-income families and individuals in the local community. The Orange County Food Bank works with more than 400 local charities, kitchens and community organizations, all in an effort to end hunger and malnutrition.

Disney VoluntEARS worked together with a Walt Disney World Resort chef to cook and serve more than 600 meals at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. This nonprofit organization is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida, working to end the crisis of homelessness. Disney VoluntEARS have contributed their time to this important community effort since 1998.

Crew members from the Disney Fantasy cruise ship helped sort and stock nearly 9,000 pounds of food at the Sharing Center of Central Brevard in preparation for the holiday, providing emergency assistance to those who need help meeting life’s most basic needs. Disney VoluntEARS from the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic also donated their time at local food banks while in port in Galveston, Texas, and Miami, Florida.

Stay tuned to Disney Post to learn more about year-round citizenship efforts for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, or read more on the Disney Parks Blog.