Disney Gives $120K to Support Needy Local Children

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Disney Gives $120K to Support Needy Local Children

Several organizations that provide essentials such as food and shelter for local families in need got an unexpected boost in support from Walt Disney World Resort this morning.

As part of a 40-day celebration across Central Florida to shine a spotlight on organizations that improve the lives of children, Mickey Mouse made a surprise visit to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to recognize and reward their efforts. The impromptu moment also set the stage for a special gift totaling $120,000 to benefit four local organizations that help the community’s most vulnerable families.

Recipients of Disney funding are:

  • Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida    $60,000
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida   $50,000
  • New Beginnings                                                         $5,000
  • HOPE Foundation                                                      $5,000

“We are so grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of Disney’s generosity,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest of Central Florida. “We’ll focus this funding on helping our efforts to combat childhood hunger in Central Florida, which unfortunately is a huge problem. With Disney’s support, we are going to be able to provide hundreds of thousands of meals to kids in need.”

Between now and May 22, Disney will give more than $1.2 million in Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. Additionally, prize patrols will recognize 15 students in the five-county area as Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars for their outstanding character.

“As part of our 40th anniversary, Walt Disney World is celebrating its commitment to Central Florida by giving support to organizations and programs that make a positive impact on children in our community,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Walt Disney World Community Relations. “It’s an exciting time for some very deserving organizations that educate, develop and care for local youth.”

Walt Disney World’s philanthropic focus is on helping families meet basic needs, youth development and education.

Disney Helping Kids Shine grant recipients demonstrate alignment with Disney’s goal of improving children’s lives by focusing on one or more of the following areas: connecting with adults, character development, constructive use of free time and compassion.

Follow the 40-day “Shine On” journey across Central Florida and track the total giving at www.shineontoday.com, where prize patrol reports and pictures will be posted.

Disney Gives $120K to Support Needy Local Children

Disney Gives $120K to Support Needy Local Children

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