The Walt Disney Company will commit $2.5 million to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.
“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,” Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company said in a statement.
The funds will help the response and recovery efforts of the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, and other nonprofits.
In addition, eligible Disney employee donations to qualified organizations involved in the Hurricane Irma relief effort will be matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation, according to a Disney news release.
“During Hurricane Irma, 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. Disney will also be donating goods and services throughout the region as other needs are identified,” the release stated.
Disney World closed its theme parks for two days as Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Today (Sept. 12, 2017) was the first day the parks opened. While the parks were closed Disney World resort hotels remained open.