Tracing back to the days of Walt himself, The Walt Disney Company has always been a supporter of children’s hospitals. Often times, Walt would visit children and young patients in hospitals while accompanied by Disney characters and animators. The Company has since carried on this tradition offering not only financial support to many children’s hospitals but also spending the time to brighten up patients days.
Most recently, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger joined senior Disney executives in bringing a touch of Disney magic to patients and their families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). At the visit, patients were gifted with Disney items and greeted by special guests including Mickey, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald. The characters also spent some time in the playrooms and engaging in a craft activity with children and their families.
The visit is part of Disney’s Team of Heroes philanthropic initiative and outreach program focused on children’s hospitals. In March, Iger announced a five-year plan to commit more than $100 million in company resources to reimagine and improve the experience at children’s hosptials. In addition to providing more than 10,000 wishes a year through wish-granting organizations such as Make a Wish, Disney is also remodeling hospital playrooms and lobbies around the world, as well as providing resources and support from Disney VoluntEARS.
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