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Disney Cast Members Rally to Help Hurricane Victims

The aftermath of Hurricane Ian continues to debilitate thousands of Floridians across the state. The record-breaking storm was one of the fiercest the state has ever seen and many Floridians are struggling to pick up the pieces while others have been reaching out a hand to help. 

Many Disney Cast Members are among those helping their friends and neighbors rebuild their lives. A Disney spokesperson said, “Walt Disney World Resort has called Florida home for more than 50 years, and when our neighbors are in need, our cast are always ready to help.” 

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After the storm passes, Disney VoluntEARS quickly mobilized to help impacted families and neighboring communities clean up debris, pack disaster relief kits, and sort through donations for areas in critical need. Disney states, “Since Hurricane Ian, Disney VoluntEARS have packed more than 15,000 disaster relief kits alongside local organizations.” 

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The Walt Disney Corporation is also donating financially to help with relief efforts. Millions of dollars have already been donated and are  being given directly to local organizations whose missions are to rebuild and re-establish locals affected by the deadly storm. Nearly $500,000 in donations have been given  to the Osceola Council on Aging, United Against Poverty, Project:Camp and World Central Kitchen. The company is  providing assistance to cast members and employees affected by the storm through the company’s relief fund. 

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Disney VoluntEAR program connects Cast Members with volunteer opportunities to help their local community. One Disney VoluntEAR, Patricia said, “we have been packing disaster relief meal kits at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. That’s one of my favorite things about being a cast member at Disney — we always answer the call when our community needs help. I’m just so happy that I am able to help my neighbors.”

Though the storm lasted just two days, its effects will be felt for months, even years in some areas.  If you would also like to help the residents of Florida who have been impacted, we compiled a list of fully vetted and legitimate organizations who are currently working to provide relief. You can check it out here.

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 7 year old son or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.