A Touch of Disney Magic for Veteran Families includes a $25K Disney Grant on behalf of Walt Disney World Resort to the Orlando Fisher House
In a heartwarming display of holiday spirit, the Disney Salute veteran affinity group, together with Disney VoluntEARS, transformed the Orlando Fisher House into a festive wonderland for veterans and their families. This act of kindness is part of Disney’s commitment to brighten the holiday season for those who have served the nation and are facing difficult times.
The Orlando Fisher House, one of 96 comfort homes nationwide, offers a welcoming place for military and veterans’ families to stay free of charge while their loved ones receive medical care. This initiative is a testament to the enduring support the Fisher House Foundation has provided over the years.
The magic began in 2019 when Disney Salute and the Walt Disney World External Affairs team decided to share Disney’s enchanting resort holiday decorations with the Fisher House. George Denby, a U.S. Air Force veteran and General Manager of the Orlando Fisher House, expressed his gratitude, noting the decoration event as a much-anticipated annual highlight that delivers joy to the guests when they most need it.
Disney’s legacy of supporting U.S. military service dates back to its founders, who served in World War I. Today, Disney’s employees, many of whom are veterans or military family members themselves, continue this tradition through SALUTE. The group’s volunteerism is a strong testament to Disney’s admiration for those who serve.
Veronica Lokken, a Senior Financial Analyst at Disneyland Sales and a military spouse, finds personal significance in joining the decoration efforts. “Support for veterans is in my blood,” Lokken stated, emphasizing the importance of community and giving back.
This year’s festivities were made even more memorable by the presentation of a $25,000 Disney Grant on behalf of the Walt Disney World Resort to the Fisher House, an offering that George Denby assured would contribute significantly to the house’s improvements.
As Disney celebrates a century of supporting U.S. military members and their families, the company calls on the community to extend their best wishes to the Fisher House and to all service members and veterans this holiday season. This initiative stands as a reminder of the valor and sacrifice of the nation’s military personnel and the power of community support to lift spirits during the most festive time of the year.
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