When 2020 began, no one could have imagined the challenges it would bring for nearly everyone — the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on many families’ jobs and livelihoods, leaving them far less merry this holiday season.
Beginning with a round of 28,000 Disney Parks layoffs in September, The Walt Disney Company has now laid off thousands more workers, including over 11,500 at the still-closed Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Since many households in the Anaheim area rely on Disney for income in one way or another, this has led to extreme financial strife for numerous families.
Now, one organization is doing what they can to help, according to an OC Register report:
Disneyland employees and local residents affected by COVID-19 layoffs and furloughs lined up in an otherwise empty cast member parking lot for a drive-thru food bank aimed at providing the essentials for a Christmas dinner and adding a little holiday happiness to a difficult year.
The Power of One Foundation hosted a Christmas food bank on Monday, Dec. 21 at Disneyland for former and current Disneyland employees and other local residents impacted by pandemic-related furloughs and job losses.
With the city of Anaheim ravaged by the pandemic, this gesture is undoubtedly a welcome one for those who participated. The event participants included Disneyland Resort, Ikea, Northgate Market, and the Anaheim Angels MLB team, among others.
OC Register provided these details about how many local Anaheim residents were served at today’s event:
The drive-thru food bank was held just a few blocks from the Happiest Place on Earth in a now-empty employee parking lot. Christmas food boxes were handed out to about 1,500 cars that included former and current cast members, Disney parlance for employees.
This is not the first time a food bank has been held to assist laid-off and furloughed Disney Cast Members. A Disneyland union, Workers United Local 50, has been hosting similar events for Disneyland Resort workes in need.
Furthermore, the Cast Member Pantry — which now operates in both Anaheim for Disneyland Resort Cast members and Orlando for Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members — has been providing assistance for months.
At this time, no reopening date for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park has been established. The Downtown Disney District and the partially opened Buena Vista Street section of Disney California Adventure remain available to Guests, with restrictions as-per Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest stay-at-home order.
If you would like to learn more about the Power of One Foundation, visit their official website for details about everything they do to provide assistance to Southern California communities, particularly during these challenging times.
What are your thoughts on this holiday food bank on Disneyland property?