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Disney World Rings In Its 50th Anniversary With A $3 Million Donation

Any Disney Guest, Disney fan, or Disney Fanatic knows about Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary (which is today, October 1st!). Disney World has unleashed new restaurants, new foods, new merchandise, new attractions, and even new commemorative gifts on its Disney visitors–but Disney World is also taking this opportunity to give back via a three million dollar donation to Central Florida charities! As stated on the Disney Parks Blog, “there is no better way to commemorate this occasion than by giving back to the community [Disney has] called home all this time…Disney is granting a total of $3 million to six amazing nonprofit organizations in Central Florida, helping to support important causes and inspire a world of difference for children and families in [the] community”.

The six chosen charities are: Give Kids The World Village, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Hope Partnership and ELEVATE Orlando!

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The “Give Kids The World Village” is crucial to Disney World’s Wish Granting; “during a transformative week at Give Kids The World Village, Wish families are able to laugh, play and create priceless memories together away from hospital visits and medical procedures, helping children build the physical and emotional strength needed to fight a critical illness”. There are also Disney VoluntEARS in the Give Kids The World Village that are a big help! Meanwhile, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida “empowers children with the confidence they need to stay out of trouble, make good decisions and chart a course toward a healthy and productive life”. This is done “through after-school activities, including events and programs with…Disney VoluntEARS”.

The third charity is the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, which has “a powerful hunger relief network”. Disney World helps this charitable organization through the Disney Harvest Program, “serving more than 40 Orlando-area nonprofits”, and there’s even a Disney mural in the Second Harvest warehouse. The fourth charity, Heart of Florida United Way,  “improves the lives of individuals and families, building strong communities by uniting people and organizations to create measurable results and a lasting impact”.

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The last two charities are also very worthwhile: Hope Partnership “provides a pathway to employment, healthcare and housing through its Hope Works Program”, while ELEVATE Orlando helps “urban youth” with “job shadowing, personal introductions and in-class speakers’ series”.

Are you familiar with Disney World’s charitable efforts and Disney’s focus on giving back?

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.