Today Walt Disney World announced on Disney Parks Blog that they will be donating school supplies during this pandemic to those who are in need.
Walt Disney World is collaborating with A Gift For Teaching to donate lanyards and shopping bags to schools and teachers that were in need of these items.
Here is what the official announcement from Disney reads:
Adapting to new ways of learning is something that’s been top of mind for teachers and students this fall, and with 16,000 Central Florida students resuming face-to-face learning this week, we wanted to lend a hand in a way that mattered most to the teachers who would welcome these students back to their classrooms.
Walt Disney World and A Gift For Teaching—a Central Florida nonprofit that provides free resources and materials to public schools—have been working together for the past two decades to help make a difference in local schools. This work took on even more importance this summer when the nonprofit needed to temporarily close its supply warehouse to visiting teachers and launch a new curbside supply pickup service, all while sourcing items not typically found on supply lists like lanyards for holding face masks and individual water bottles to replace communal drinking fountains. Thanks to the help of our merchandise teams, Walt Disney World donated thousands of lanyards, nearly 5,000 reusable shopping bags to support the new curbside pickup model and various merchandise items to spread a little magic in local classrooms.
“The feedback from teachers has been incredible,” said Jane Thompson, president at A Gift For Teaching. “They’ve been so thankful for us recognizing there was going to be a need and figuring out how we could help fill that need for them. That’s been very gratifying for us.”
The Walt Disney World Ambassadors visited A Gift For Teaching to see the new curbside pickup in action and how local teachers are still getting the many resources they need, but in a whole new way.
This is not the only instance of the Walt Disney Company donating during the coronavirus pandemic. Just last month we reported that Disney teamed up with MedShare to donate one million masks to those in need in the San Francisco Bay area. You can read the entire story of this incredible act of giving here.
During all of the hardships of the coronavirus pandemic, it is nice to see Disney stepping up to give what they can to their community.
If you would like to help in giving or volunteer you can visit A Gift For Teaching’s website for more information.
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