‘Toy Story 4’ Stars Help Kick Off The Annual Disney Toy Delivery At Children’s Hospitals
The Walt Disney Company kicked off its annual Disney Toy Delivery this weekend. But this wasn’t any normal kick-off, this one had big help from some big stars! Actors Tim Allen and Tom Hanks were there aid in this Disney Team of Heroes philanthropic initiative at AdventHealth for Children in Orlando, Florida. Of course Allen and Hanks, who, respectively, lend their voices to Buzz Lightyear and Woody in the upcoming film Toy Story 4 were a huge hit with kids and parents alike. During the special visit they distributed toys to kids and families and helped bring joy to patients, who also enjoyed photo opportunities with Toy Story characters during the event.
Disney Toy Delivery
Every year, The Walt Disney Company delivers to children’s hospitals a pallet’s worth of toys, games, books and comics. The hospital is then able to share these items throughout the year with their patients. Disney includes items in the toy deliveries that are specifically selected to be the most beneficial to the patient. The toys help promote normalcy, reduce stress and inspire play during what can be a difficult time for children. This year’s toy deliveries will include new products from Toy Story 4 (set to open in theaters on June 21). This continues a nearly 15-year tradition for Disney.
“The Toy Story films celebrate the importance of toys in a child’s life—they are a source of comfort, joy and consistent companionship,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Enterprise Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company. “By delivering toys to children’s hospitals across the country we hope to raise the spirits of children facing serious illness and make their hospital stay a bit more comfortable.”
Disney will deliver more than $3 million in their products to 450 children’s hospitals in the U.S. and Canada this year as part of the Disney Toy Delivery program. This is with the help of the Association of Child Life Professionals and Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Disney Team of Heroes
The toy deliveries and the special visit to AdventHealth for Children by cast and characters from Toy Story 4 are all part of Disney Team of Heroes. Disney Team of Heroes is the Company’s philanthropic initiative. This initiative is focused on reimagining the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals across the globe. The initiative launched in March 2018. It was kicked off with Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s announcement of a five-year, $100 million commitment. This is with the intention to support children’s hospitals around the world. In April of this year at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, Disney launched a pilot of new experiences. These experiences have been designed to provide comfort and inspiration for patients and their families. Plans are underway to roll out the innovative program to hospitals in the U.S. and internationally.
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