Not Just a Wish Upon a Star: Disney Parks Donates More Than 100,000 Masks to Hospitals in Need

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FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. European Union authorities say they have cleared Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, provided Disney sells off some TV channels it controls in Europe. The European Commission said Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 it gave its approval to the deal under the EU Merger Regulation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)




Amid a crisis, some wonderful things happen. People rise up to assist those in need.

Thanks to the better angels of our nature, for example, New York is being aided by 76,000 healthcare volunteers (see here).

Additionally, please see my story “In This Time of Uncertainty, America Shows Its True Colors: We Are a Nation of Kindness and Love for Our Fellow Man.”

And here’s another act of charity — one that not only can change, but save lives.

On Wednesday, Disney Parks announced on its website that the Mouse had donated medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to several states amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

One such recipient is heavily-hit New York.

And among the supplies: over 100,000 N95 masks for medical staff.

Disney Parks Editorial Content Director Thomas Smith explained:

In response to requests from hospitals that are in need of additional protective garments and medical-related supplies, Disney Parks has donated 150,000 rain ponchos to MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization, for distribution to hospitals in need. The idea was inspired by nurses across the country who inventively found that rain ponchos can be an excellent way to protect their clothing and prolong the use of PPE, while also freeing up gowns when needed.


Thomas quoted MedShare CEO Charles Redding, noting the challenges of the virus and thanking Disney:

“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before. We have to find ways to pool our resources and work together to help the healthcare workers who are doing their very best to treat patients and contain COVID-19. We appreciate Disney partnering with us to support hospitals and healthcare workers on the frontlines.”

It’s certainly true doctors and nurses have quickly become the much-spotlighted heroes of our country.

As I noted previously, first responders are often and rightfully praised for the salvation they bring to the world, but where the Wuhan flu is concerned, it’s those working beyond the hospital’s doors who are displaying bravery in their rescue of many who are ill — at their own potential peril.

Also to be commended, of course, are all the components of this great nation as they come together to fight a potentially deadly illness which — at the time of this writing — has taken the lives of 5,102 Americans.

8,878 have recovered — in part due to the actions of organizations helping out.

Lots are chipping in.

As recently reported by Denver’s ABC7:


[Walmart] said it would donate $10 million to support food banks, school meal programs and organizations that provide access to food for the underserved population; $10 million to “support local efforts” in the United States and around the world and $5 million to help other countries fight the virus.

Back to Walt Elias Disney’s namesake, kudos to Mickey and the crew for giving to a very, very needy cause in this time of trouble.



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