In the last few days pockmarked by tragedy, it's been difficult to find the silver lining. But there has been an outpouring of love and support from all over the world for the city of Orlando and the victims and families of the terrorist attack that killed 50 people at Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning.
And more support in the form of a monetary donation will happen courtesy of The Walt Disney Company, which announced it would be donating $1 million to the OneOrlando Fund. The fund was set up by Orlando Democratic Mayor Buddy Dyer in the wake of the shooting, and it's meant to support the victims, families, and those affected by the attack. What's more, Disney has also announced it will be matching employee donations dollar for dollar. Considering Walt Disney World is the heart of Orlando, with a strong LGBTQ employee base, the final donations contributed by Disney might be substantial.
Disney's Support Won't Just Come In The Form Of Money
But Disney is not just stopping at monetary support. It's also pledged to support the local law enforcement and agencies, as well as encouraging Disney World Cast Members to donate blood to those in need. To that end, it's established five different blood donation centers within its parks for employees to utilize. In conjunction with an effort led by the City of Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, the Walt Disney World Resort will also be providing free hotel accommodation for the friends and family of those who lost their lives in the attack.
Bob Chapek, the chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, had this to say:
“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act. With 74,000 Cast Members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”
This isn't the first time in recent months that Disney, which has a long history of defending LGBTQ rights, has shown solidarity with the embattled community. In March, Disney and Marvel Studios both threatened to boycott filming in Georgia if anti-gay legislation passed.
In the midst of all the tragedy, it's nice to see that the world's most powerful entertainment company is making yet another public show of support of the LGBTQ community, once again backing its words with action.
And if you want one more Disney-related thing to lift your spirits, here's our newest Disney composer for Moana Lin-Manuel Miranda giving an impassioned and heartfelt speech from this Sunday's Tony Awards:
For more ways in which you can donate to the victims of the Orlando attack, visit the OneOrlando Fund page.
If you know of any other legitimate donation funds or ways to volunteer, let me know in the comments!