The Walt Disney Company has committed $2.5 million in humanitarian aid to help the relief efforts across Florida, the Caribbean and other areas following Hurricane Irma.
The donation will go to the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, and other nonprofit organizations.
Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, said: “As millions of people now face the daunting challenge of putting their lives and communities back together in the wake of these historic hurricanes, they need our help.”
“We’re donating $2.5 million to support relief and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Irma. This is in addition to nearly $16 million we raised after Hurricane Harvey to help ensure storm victims have the support needed to recover and rebuild.”
Contributions from Disney employees to eligible organizations will be matched by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.
During the Hurricane, Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line donated meals, provided storage for supplies and power-utility vehicles, donated bedding to shelters, and made rooms available for first responders.
Walt Disney World’s four parks and entertainment district – Disney Springs – were closed to guests since Saturday evening through till Monday due to the Hurricane.
Saturday’s end-of-night finales at Disney parks, such as “Rivers of Light” show at Animal Kingdom and the “Happily Ever After” fireworks at Magic Kingdom, were also cancelled.
Disney also cancelled the Sunday edition of its Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.