In the last few days marked by tragedy, it’s been hard to find the good news among the sad and angry. But there has been an outpouring of love and support from all over the world for the city of Orlando and the victims and families of the terrorist attack that killed over 50 people at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning.
And more support in the form of a monetary donation will happen courtesy of the Walt Disney Co., which announced it would be donating $1 million to the . The fund was set up by Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer in the wake of the shooting, and it’s meant to support the victims, families, and those affected by the attack. What’s more, Disney has also announced it will be matching employee donations dollar for dollar. Considering Walt Disney World is the heart of Orlando, with a strong LGBTQ employee base, the final donations contributed by Disney might be substantial.
Disney’s support won’t just come in the form of money
But Disney is not just stopping at monetary support. It’s also pledged to support the local law enforcement and agencies, as well as encouraging Disney World Cast Members to donate blood to those in need. To that end, they’ve established five different blood donation centers within its parks for employees to utilize. In conjunction with an effort led by the City of Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, the Walt Disney World Resort will also be providing free hotel accommodation for the friends and family of those who lost their lives in the attack.
Bob Chapek, the chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, had this to say:
“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act. With 74,000 Cast Members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”
This isn’t the first time this year that Disney, which has a long history of defending LGBTQ rights, has shown solidarity with the embattled community. In March, Disney and Marvel Studios both if anti-gay legislation passed.
In the midst of all the tragedy, it’s nice to see that the world’s most powerful entertainment company is making yet another public show of support of the LGBTQ community, once again backing its words up with action.
And if you want one more Disney-related thing to lift your spirits, here’s our newest Disney composer for , Lin-Manuel Miranda, giving an impassioned and heartfelt speech from this Sunday’s Tony Awards:
For more ways in which you can donate to the victims of the Orlando attack, visit the page.
If you know of any other legitimate donation funds or ways to volunteer, let me know in the comments!
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