LPWire: Walt Disney World Announces Relief Efforts for Central Florida
Walt Disney World Announces Relief Efforts for Central
Families and Cast Members Impacted by Hurricane Charley
To assist Central Florida families and Cast Members adversely impacted by Hurricane Charley, the Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney World Resort today announced an array of relief initiatives.
"Our Disney family always steps up in times of crisis to assist those in need," said Al Weiss, president of the Walt Disney World Resort. "We are joining with other caring corporate citizens to provide much-needed help and compassion in the community and within our own company."
The following relief is being offered to the community:
- DisneyHand, worldwide outreach for The Walt Disney Company, has announced a
contribution totaling $100,000 to the American Red Cross and the Heart of
Florida United Way.
- Walt Disney World will conduct a food drive with employees to benefit the
Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides food supplies to agencies throughout
- Walt Disney World will provide work crews to assist with the recovery
- Up to $5,000 for Cast Members who have sustained catastrophic damage to
their primary residence or severe personal injury through the Walt Disney
Company's Disney Operation Care (DOC) program.
- Up to $1,000 to assist needy Cast Members with
recovery from the storm through the Walt Disney World Cast Member Hurricane
Relief Fund. The Walt Disney World Resort has initially contributed $50,000 to
the Fund. Cast Members worldwide also may contribute to the Fund, which is
held at the Vista Federal Credit Union. Individuals who are not members of the
Vista Federal Credit Union should contact 800.83.VISTA for information on
contributing to the Fund.
- Complimentary rooms at resort hotels for Cast Members who have experienced
catastrophic hardships or have unique medical needs.
- Resort hotel rooms at a 50 percent discount for Cast Members who have
experienced discomfort due to the storm, such as loss of electricity
- Increased childcare capacity for school-age children at on-property
--Posted August 17, 2004
Source: Walt Disney World