Walt Disney World Cast Members donate 30,000 toys to Toys for Tots

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Disney Cast volunteering for toys for tots

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For over 70 years, The Walt Disney Company has supported the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation as a way to reach out to children and families in need.

This year, Cast Members from the Walt Disney World Resort came together to collect almost 30,000 toys to donate to Toys for Tots this holiday season. And they did so in the span of just three weeks!

Disney Cast volunteering for toys for tots
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Cast Members join Marines sorting the Toys for Tots donations

Volunteer Cast Members and Marines gathered together to sort the gifts in a volunteer day event. Newly appointed Walt Disney World President, Josh D’Amaro was there to share all about the work being done by this amazing organization and generous volunteers that were present.

D’Amaro said: “Every year, around the holiday time, The Walt Disney World Cast Members get to participate in the Toys for Tots program. Our Cast Members get to donate gifts, in fact, this year 30,000 gifts came from Walt Disney World. Over a period of time, that’s over 500,000 toys we have donated.”

There are 77,000 Cast Members employed by the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida. D’Amaro recognized their generosity, not only for this event but in all the other ways they give back to the community.

Disney Cast volunteering for toys for tots
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“The 77,000 Cast Members have a lot of passion in their heart. They care about this community. When you see these volunteer shirts, coming out of the berm, and helping society, helping people in need, it’s a very special thing… that’s something we’re super proud of!”

Toys for Totos logo
Credit: Toys for Tots

Sergeant Zachary Evans, who serves as a part of the US Marine Corps Reserve, noted how the support they see in Central Florida, and specifically from Disney, is incomparable.

“The Volunteers from Disney help out greatly, with Toys for Tots here in Orlando. Most other Toys for Tots programs around the country don’t get the kind of support we get from Disney.” Evans shared.

Toys for Tots Needs

Sgt. Evans, identified age groups 0-3 years old and 10-15 years old as the most high-demand for toy needs. The below items are what’s most needed in each age category:

  • Infants: Learning toys, plush toys, push/walk toys
  • Toddlers: Interactive and learning toys, plush toys, books
  • Ages 4–7: Toy cars, dolls, books
  • Ages 8–12:  Board games, arts & crafts
  • Ages 13–15: Teen-style watches and jewelry, sports equipment, bath and perfume sets, board games, small electronics

Celebrities join forces with Toys for Tots

And it’s not just Walt Disney World Cast Members giving of their time! Mandy Moore, known among Disney fans as Punzie, or Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled,  joined forces with Toys for Tots helping out and giving of her time for this great cause.

Mandy Moore / Toys For Tots Foundation
Credit: Marine Toys for Tots Facebook Page

Radio Disney also joined the fun! They tweeted a picture of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series alum, Dara Renee and another one with Dua Lipa donating some goodies.

Get Involved

If you want to learn more and participate in the World’s Ultimate Toy Drive, visit this link so you can learn more. You can also contribute by making an online donation.

There is still time! Now through December 15, 2019, for every new, unwrapped toy donated at a Disney store in the U.S. or online through shopDisney.com, Disney will donate $1 to Toys for Tots. If you’re in the Central Florida area, visit https://orlando-fl.toysfortots.org for more information.

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