Amid all the magic that The Walt Disney Company dishes out every day, we only see a part of what that magic consists of. We certainly see the magic from their theme parks to their movies as we write about here, but the Company also shares the magic everyday through its philanthropic and humanitarian efforts. Corporate citizenship is very important to Disney and we can see that through how active they are in giving back and helping those in need.
In recent days, we’re sure many of you have seen the devastation that has hit the Philippines due to Typhoon Haiyan. With over 10,000 feared to have lost their lives and even more displaced from their homes and are sick, a whole country is in need. To help in the rebuilding and recovery efforts, The Walt Disney Company announced yesterday that they will be donating $500,000 (yes, half-a-million dollars) to help with the relief efforts. In addition to the donation, they Company will also be matching employee donations dollar-for-dollar.
We don’t know about you, but this generosity is just another reason why this Company is not only magical in every way and everyday, but is one to love even more for what they do.
The full press release is below –
Burbank, Calif., November 12, 2013 – The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will donate half-a-million dollars to Save the Children and the American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts related to the recent tragedy in the Philippines. In addition, eligible donations from employees to organizations involved in disaster relief will be matched, dollar for dollar up to set limits, by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.
“Our hearts go out to the millions of people in the Philippines affected by this tragedy,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We hope this donation and our employee matching gift contributions will help families begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of this devastation.”
The Walt Disney Company is committed to working with humanitarian organizations to help rebuild affected communities and assist families. Today’s announcement is part of Disney’s ongoing disaster preparedness and response program. As a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, Disney provides support for disaster relief services, as well as comfort and hope to children in impacted communities.
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If you’d like to donate to the Philippine typhoon relief efforts, please click HERE where you can donate through our friends at the American Red Cross. Thank you.